FEBRUARY 15 – An old Chinese proverb notes “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Kawartha Conservation wants to make it easy with the 2019 Tree Seedling Program.
The Tree Seedling Program provides an inexpensive way for landowners to plant a selection of tree seedlings and native shrubs on their property.
“Healthy forests provide many important functions on our landscape,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “They improve air quality, surface and ground water quality, and provide wildlife habit. Landowners can contribute to the health of our watershed by establishing and managing forest cover through the 2019 Tree Seedling Program.”
Watershed residents are able to order low-cost bare root, one to three year old trees and shrubs with minimum orders of 100 seedlings.
“Deciduous trees planted on the south and west side of a home can decrease a homeowners’ cooling costs by up to 50 per cent, while evergreen trees planted as wind breaks around homes can decrease heating costs by as much at 30 per cent,” said Ms. Shipclark.
Over the past 36 years, Kawartha Conservation has distributed more than 600,000 seedlings across the Kawartha Watershed.
Orders must be received by March 20, 2019 and there will be two pick-up days and location again this year; tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at the Kawartha Conservation administrative building at 277 Kenrei Road (Ken Reid Conservation Area), and Friday, April 26 at Willowtree Farm near Port Perry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Willowtree Farm is located at 975 Regional Road 21.
For orders exceeding $250, a payment of 50 per cent is required at least two weeks prior to the pickup date.
The 2019 order form, as well as guidelines for selecting the best plants for their properties, can be found at https://www.kawarthaconservation.com/seedling-distribution.