Order trees - Fall tree order form now available
Fall tree planting program launched
Fall tree order form is now online for 2019 for Ausable Bayfield watershed
Autumn is a good time to plant ball and burlap evergreens and potted deciduous trees, according to Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
“There are some advantages to planting trees in autumn,” Ian said. “The trees can get used to the new conditions and be ready to grow the following spring. Rainfall is also more reliable which helps with the survival.”
Grants can help with the cost of projects, that help conserve soil and water, such as: field windbreaks, treed buffers, and other tree planting projects. Staff members can help rural landowners with project design and grant applications. Staff can also help you with many aspects of land stewardship, including planting plans, site preparation, forest management plans, and erosion control advice.
A variety of funding programs are available. Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) recently announced the Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL) is back for 2019 and 2020. To be eligible for the program, farm businesses must have a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan and Action Plan verified complete by OSCIA. Other programs such as the Huron County Clean Water Project, or the federal Habitat Stewardship Program, are available to farm or non-farm rural landowners. ABCA staff will work with you to match your project with current funding programs.
The fall tree order form is ready online for free download at the abca.ca website at this link:
Mail and faxed tree orders must be received by September 15, 2019. Orders are taken, accompanied by payment in full, until September 30, 2019. The trees can be picked up in mid-October.
Ball-and-burlap species available through the fall tree order program include White Cedar; Norway Spruce; Blue Spruce; White Spruce; and White Pine. Potted trees available include Silver Maple; Sugar Maple; Red Oak; Bur Oak; and Tulip Tree. Prices range from $16-24 per tree.
“Two-foot balled and burlap Spruce and Cedar are ideal to create shelterbelts and windbreaks on fields and farms,” according to Jean. Fall often provides for good access for planting fencerow windbreaks adjacent to harvested wheat or beans.
Springtime is the most popular time of the year to plant trees and Jean encourages landowners to start planning next year’s project. If you are planting trees next spring, site preparation is best done in September and October, he said.
To find out more visit abca.ca or call Ian or Nathan at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.