Forests Ontario Encourages Landowners to Reforest their Properties
Forests Ontario wants landowners to consider the benefits of large-scale tree planting. The non-profit organization will be hosting seven free tree planting workshops across the province, in partnership with local planting delivery agencies, during February and March of 2019.
They will be holding a free tree planting workshop in Echo Bay on March 2nd. Their goal is to get landowners to consider the benefits of large-scale tree plantings and to give them information on financial assistance they may be eligible for.
Trent Massey, an Echo Bay resident, was honoured as a Green Leader by Forests Ontario last year. Trent was a farmer, but an accident left him wheelchair-bound and there came a point when he was no longer able to keep up with the rigorous demands of the job. Trent and his wife made the decision to reforest their land through the Government of Ontario`s 50 Million Tree Program, planting 5,500 trees. https://www.forestsontario.ca/blog/2018/01/18/trees-breathe-new-life-into-farmers-land-and-second-career/
Tree planting has many benefits for wildlife and the environment, and in Trent’s case they also provided a windbreak (which made using his wheelchair outside easier for him).
Each workshop will offer information on forest management and stewardship, the environmental benefits of tree planting, and the financial assistance and incentives available for establishing and managing forests.
Some topics will include:
- The 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP): The 50MTP provides landowners with subsidies and practical assistance when planting on more than 2.5 acres of land. Landowners may have up to 90 per cent of planting costs covered through this program.
- Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP): Properties with more than ten acres of forest may be eligible for MFTIP. If your property is approved under this program, you can pay as little as 25 per cent of the municipal tax rate for residential properties. Workshops will offer insight into the MFTIP process and developing a plan for approval by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
- Windbreaks: Trees can significantly improve the function of your property by providing windbreaks during the winter and shade during the summer.
- Invasive Species: Workshops will highlight different strategies for identifying and managing invasive species as well as methods to prevent their spread.
About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario.