RRCA offering seedlings
CORNWALL - The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) will be offering area residents the opportunity to beautify their property with a variety of conifers as well as deciduous trees and shrubs.
All seedlings are indigenous species often unavailable at local nurseries. This bulk purchase by the RRCA allows for acquiring these trees on a cost recovery basis. No long drives out of town, no excessive gas consumption and a reduction in your own carbon footprint, say RRCA offcials.
“We have taken a carpooling approach” says RRCA soil and water conservation specialist Normand Génier. “Seedlings are purchased by individuals, families as well as businesses for distribution to employees which is a great idea.”
Tree planting subsidies from Trees Ontario are also available for landowners with greater than one hectare (2.5 acres) of land. The subsidy covers approximately 90 per cent of the total establishment cost of a plantation.
Tree seedlings come in multiples of 10 per species and must be ordered before the March 31 deadline. In total, 25 species are available this year and include conifer trees such as White Spruce and White Pine, deciduous trees like Black Walnut and Sugar Maple, and even deciduous shrubs such as Nannyberry and Wild Raisin. All species are priced sell between 57 cents and $1.05 each.
You can order your tree seedlings at www.rrca.on.ca, or by calling Josianne Sabourin of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority at 613-938-3611 extension 221.
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