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Healthy forests provide many important functions on our landscape.  They improve air quality, surface and ground water quality, and provide wildlife habit. Large connected forests are important for maintaining good watershed conditions.  Additionally, new forest growth can help mitigate climate change by creating carbon sinks that absorb more carbon than they release.  Landowners can contribute to the health of our watershed by establishing and managing forest cover.

In areas with established forest cover, landowners are encouraged to manage them for health.  This can include protecting them from invasive species and selectively harvesting trees.

Learn more about the forest conditions and other health indicators in your area.  Click here to find your subwatershed, and then click the grades tab.

Additional Info:

Choosing the right tree

Seedling Distribution Program- 2020

Our Seedling Distribution Program is available to landowners in the Kawartha Watershed who are undertaking stewardship planting projects which will help improve forest cover and the health of our watershed.  Examples include the following:

Rural lands

  • Convert acreage into a beautiful, and ecologically diverse wilderness
  • Create privacy
  • Protect creeks and drainage areas
  • Leave a natural legacy

Agricultural lands

  • Plant windbreaks to reduce wind and water erosion
  • Convert marginal lands to valuable woodlots
  • Protect ground and surface water resources
  • Create buffer strips along creeks and drainage areas

If you have a large scale tree planting project in mind, for example you would like to plant an area that is greater than a hectare; you may wish to contact our stewardship staff to discuss other resources that may be available to help with your project!

Attention shoreline and urban stewards: In order to provide more relevant stewardship services to landowners in our watershed, we introduced our Native Plant Distribution Program in 2016 for autumn distribution. If you are interested in purchasing native grasses and perennials to use in your shoreline or urban stewardship project please contact contact Stewardship Coordinator, Holly Shipclark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 705.328.2271 ext 240.

Selecting trees and shrubs for your property

Species selection should be based on the conditions of the planting sites, as well as your personal preferences.  Please review the species information below to help you make an informed decision when ordering.

More information about species selection can be found in the "Seeds and Trees" section of the Ontario Woodlot Association website.

If you would like to speak with our Stewardship Coordinator before placing your order, please contact Stewardship Coordinator, Holly Shipclark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 705.328.2271 ext 240.

Seedling Distribution Program 2020

Order forms must be returned to Kawartha Conservation by March 15, 2020.

Seedling pickup is May 1 and 2, 2020.

This year we are happy to provide two pickup locations for your convenience.  On your form you will be asked to indicate your preferred pickup location.

Complete the 2020 Order Form Here, or drop by the Kawartha Conservation Adminitration Centre to pick up a copy.

Tree planting and care information

Managing forests information

Other programs and resources

We can help

Knowledgeable staff can help you take action!

  • Not sure where to start? Schedule a free onsite consultation and receive personalized advice for enhancing your properties and protecting water quality.
  • For training opportunities and workshops, please see our events page for current listings.