The 2018 Kawartha Conservation Tree Seedling Program has launched, providing landowners in rural, agricultural and shoreline areas of the Kawartha watershed, with an inexpensive way to plants a selection of tree seedlings and native shrubs on their property.
While pick-up won’t be until spring, with bare root one to three year old trees and shrubs priced from $0.75 to $1.95 per seedling (minimum orders of 100 seedlings), Kawartha Conservation’s Tree Seedling program makes a great Christmas gift.
There are a number of benefits to planting trees and shrub, including saving on heating and cooling costs, blocking highway traffic noise, greater privacy, and contributing to higher property values. Deciduous trees planted on the south and west side of a home can decrease your cooling costs by up to 50 per cent. Evergreen trees planted as wind breaks around homes can decrease heating costs by as much at 30 per cent.
On a larger scale, forests and other naturally vegetated areas provide services that are critical to wildlife as well as to human health. They provide essential habitat services that support birds, bees and other wildlife. They also help to improve water quality by reducing erosion and filtering the water that passes through them. Forests help regenerate groundwater resources that supply cool clean water to our wells, creeks and lakes.
Planting trees can help to restore these and the many other services that our forests provide. Over the past 36 years, Kawartha Conservation has distributed more than 600,000 seedlings across the Kawartha Watershed, and they ask landowners to help improve and maintain forest cover. Landowners in areas with good forest cover are encouraged to manage their forested land to help them maintain good health. Those in areas of poor cover are encouraged to plant more trees through programs such as the Seedling Program.
Contributing to the success of the Seedling Program is our partnerships with both the Kawartha Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association and Willowtree Farm near Port Perry.
For orders exceeding $250, a payment of 50 per cent is required at least two weeks prior to the pickup date, tentatively scheduled for the end of April at Ken Reid Conservation Area (277 Kenrei Rd., Lindsay) and Willowtree Farm at 975 Regional Road 21, Port Perry.
The 2018 order form, as well as guidelines for selecting the best plants for their properties, can be found at www.KawarthaConservation.com/seedling-distribution.