Local conservation authority encouraged by participation in 50 Million Tree Program

By: Mike Vlasveld

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) says local landowners are really responding to Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP), as it plans to plant 200,000 trees this spring.

“Landowners are already planning for the 2021 planting season,” says Scott Danford, Forestry Program Manager at the RVCA. “If you are thinking about planting trees, now is the time to contact us.”  

It takes about a year to prepare for a planting project, adds Danford. The preparation includes visiting sites, developing a planting plan, placing tree orders, completing site preparations, coordinating planting contractors, and securing financial assistance. 
Forests Ontario has facilitated the planting of more than 29-million trees through the 50 MTP since 2008. In that time, the RVCA has planted over 1.5-million trees in Leeds and Grenville County, Lanark County, and the City of Ottawa. 

The authority says some landowners may also be eligible for the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP), which can reduce property taxes on forested portions of land by up to 75 per cent. Increasing forest cover promotes healthy natural landscapes and trees can reduce the risk of severe flooding by soaking up excess water.