Land and Trees

For additional information, please contact: Normand Genier, Forestry Specialist. normand.genier@rrca.on.ca.

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) currently offers a variety of tree planting initiatives through various partnerships.  Some programs encourage the planting of large areas while others focus on more strategic and sensitive areas such as riparian zones.

Tree Seedling Program

The Tree Seedling Program provides residents in the RRCA watershed the opportunity to purchase native tree and shrub seedlings grown from seeds collected from the local area, particularly seed source zone 36.  Planting seedlings grown from the proper seed source zone ensures better establishment and survivability. Seedlings are sold in multiples of 10 per species and include both deciduous and conifer species.  Species typically available include White Pine, White Spruce, Black Walnut and Hard Maple to name a few. 

50 Million Tree Program

The focus of the 50 Million Tree Program is to plant 50 million trees in Ontario by the year 2020.  Applications are reviewed by the RRCA and Trees Ontario (TO) and subject to the following criteria:

  • 15 year agreement is required
  • Site must be equal or greater than 2 hectares (5 acres) to be eligible and currently free of trees. 
  • A 25 cent/tree landowner financial contribution is required.
  • Trees must be planted in a definable/mappable single area and not dispersed throughout the property
  • Unlike the Full service Program, tree planting services (i.e. site preparation, planting and tending) are included in the program.  Most conifer species are available; deciduous species are also available, however at an additional cost.
  • In-kind contributions for tree planting services continue to be encouraged but not required.

Full Service Incentive Program

Through a partnership with Trees Ontario (TO), the Full Service Incentive Program helps increase Ontario’s forested landscape by reducing the landowner tree cost.  Applications are reviewed by TO and subject to the following criteria:

  • 15 year agreement is required
  • Site must meet at least 2 environmental objectives
  • Site must be equal or greater than 1 hectare (0.4 acres) to be eligible and currently free of trees. 
  • Trees must be planted in a definable/mappable single area and not dispersed throughout the property
  • Funding rate for tree seedlings is approximately $0.40/tree and typically covers the cost of most conifers.  Deciduous species are available at an additional cost.
  • In-kind contribution for tree planting services is encouraged. Site preparation, planting and tending costs are not covered under the program and are the responsibility of the landowner.  A contractor can be hired at the landowners expense

Memorial Tree Planting Program

Details to come soon.