50 Million Trees

By G. Hanchet

If you have a plot of open land (minimum ½ acre), why not plant some trees?

Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program will assist financially by contributing up to 90% of the total project cost.

A member of For Our Grandchildren, Richard Peachey, registered with the program in the spring of 2022 to plant trees on a 4-acre fallow field. He contacted Jordon Rolph, a forest professional and planting delivery agent who partners with Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program. As part of the program Jordon provided a site visit and estimate for the project, which also included the completion of a tree planting site plan to choose appropriate species for the site.

The minimum number of trees required to qualify for the program is 500 or about ½ acre of open land. Richard ended up with 3100 trees, a mixture of White pine, European larch, Silver maple, Burr oak, Bitternut hickory and Basswood. The total project cost worked out to $2.57/tree with Richard’s landowner portion costing 0.40 cents/tree.

The contract specifies that participating landowners should be willing to assist in kind, by mowing between rows (or hiring someone to assist) for the first few years while the trees compete to get above the weedy vegetation. Jordon is ready to assist – making sure landowners are educated on how to best care for their newly established plantation.

If you are interested you can apply at: https://forestsontario.ca/en/program/50-million-tree-program,

or to contact Jordon, visit his website: https://www.mastwood.org/

or to consult, call him at: ?(905) 396-8402? ???