January 24, 2018
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is offering watershed residents the opportunity to enhance the beauty and ecology of their properties by selecting to plant native trees and shrubs (plants that occur naturally in an area).
Native species are well suited to our climate and soil types and once established require much less water and fertilizer than non-native species. Planting native species also creates corridors in urban landscapes for migrating wildlife. Many species of wildlife do not recognize non-native species and cannot use them for food or shelter.
“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to plant native trees in our watershed,” says RRCA Forestry Specialist Normand Génier. He went on to say that “as more people use native plants in their urban landscaping, it adds to the available habitat for wildlife and benefits the community as a whole."
Tree seedlings come in multiples of ten per species and must be ordered by March 31st. In total, 26 species are available this year and include conifer trees such as White Spruce and White Pine, deciduous trees like Black Walnut and Yellow Birch, and even deciduous shrubs such as Buttonbush and Black Chokeberry. All species are reasonably priced and sell between $0.83 - $2.16 each. Orders may be placed by completing and printing the forms at www.rrca.on.ca, or by calling Josianne Sabourin at 613-938-3611 ext. 221.
About the Raisin Region Conservation Authority
The RRCA is one of 36 Ontario Conservation Authorities. As a community-based environmental organization, it works closely with municipal, provincial and federal governments, landowners and community groups to safeguard and enhance the natural resources of the Raisin Region's watershed. For more information, please visit www.rrca.on.ca
Raisin Region Conservation Authority
Tel: 866-938-3611 ext. 237