The council is a registered Program Delivery Agent with the organization Trees Ontario. Through this partnership the council is able to provide tree planting programs to land owners at a subsidized rate.
To help Trees Ontario meet their goal, LGSC has agreed to help plant up to 75,000 trees per year. In 2011, we planted 68,600 trees for ten private landowners under this program. In 2012, we planted 76,950 trees for 13 private landowners These landowners actively participate in the program by paying a minimal charge for the trees, cutting brush and grass and by monitoring the health of the trees.
With Donna’s leadership, LGSC successfully had 70150 seedlings planted on 15 sites (71 aces) from April 26 to June 4, 2013.
Some 6500 trees were refilled on sites that the survival rate was less than 65 % due to last year’s drought. Another 2400 were planted as stream bank restoration at the Leeds County Community Pasture. The remaining 61250 were planted on retired crop fields and pasture. The trees grew very well as did the weeds much to some landowner’s chagrin.
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority helped us out immensely with mowing between rows over 4 hectares of 5 feet poison parsnip and thistle.
For the spring of 2014, LGSC will have another 35000 seedlings to plant with the site preparation commencing immediately. More landowners may come on board after this fall’s Landowner Workshops put on by Trees Ontario.
In October the survival assessments are completed on 78550 seedlings planted in 2012 and the 70150 planted in 2013. This year marks the 5th year of the 50 Million Tree Program which means additional survival assessments on 29320 seedlings planted in 2009.
LGSC works in cooperation with many partners to plant trees, including the landowners, Trees Ontario, Cataraqui, Rideau Valley and South Nation Conservation Authorities, Ferguson Forest Centre.
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