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Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Fall tree order form is online

Local landowners plant more than 50,000 trees through spring, fall tree orders

Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff say autumn good time to plant trees when crops are off, weather cools

Forestry, Stewardship Specialist says autumn good time to plant windbreaks, buffer watercourses, help forest cover, preserve topsoil; Fall tree order form is now online 

Download tree order form now: Tree Order Form

Autumn will soon sneak its head around the corner. The fact the fall season is waiting in the wings means it’s time to think about fall tree orders, according to Ausable Bayfield Conservation. “Fall is a great time to plant ball and burlap evergreens and potted deciduous trees,” said Ian Jean, Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Local landowners planted more than 53,000 trees last year through ABCA’s spring and fall tree order programs. The local conservation authority has posted the fall tree order form for 2017 at abca.on.ca. There are fewer tree orders in the fall than there are in the spring but autumn is a good time to order trees and think ahead to the spring season, according to Jean.

There are grants available for some tree planting projects, Jean said, such as field windbreaks, treed buffers, and larger scale reforestation. He encourages watershed landowners to give him a call to find out more. “We are happy to help with project design and making it very easy to apply for grants,” he said. Funding amounts vary depending on the type of project and the local municipality. 

The Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist suggests landowners planning to plant trees next spring should consider starting the planning and preparation in September or October of this year. Proper site preparation is one of the keys to successful tree establishment and fall conditions are more favourable for completing this work than early spring. “Our staff can help with many aspects of land stewardship,” Jean said. “Our services include planting plans, site preparation, follow-up tending, and forest management plans.”

Local landowners purchase trees for afforestation, windbreaks, and other stewardship projects. Anyone interested in ordering trees through this program should mail or fax their orders September 15, 2017. Payment is due by September 30, 2017. Orders are accepted, accompanied by payment in full, until September 30. 

The fall tree orders include potted Silver Maple; Sugar Maple; Red Oak; Bur Oak; and Tulip Tree. Tree species for fall tree orders also include ball and burlap White Cedar; Norway Spruce; White Spruce; Blue Spruce; and White Pine. “Two-foot balled and burlap Spruce and Cedar are ideal to create shelterbelts and windbreaks on fields and farms,” according to Jean.

To find out more visit abca.on.ca or call 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.