Conservation services refers to services that the provides to private landowners to help them to manage natural resources on their own properties. Although the main focus of our conservation services program has been on reforestation, we have also done some erosion control work as well as providing technical advice on resource management issues.
Proper forestry practices can provide wind and water erosion protection, can make poor land more productive and can create wildlife habitat. In addition, trees can provide windbreaks and shade, helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. Trees also take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
50 Million Tree Program
The Ontario government wishes to have 50 million seedlings planted by the year 2020. The requirements for this program
are as follows.
- you must have a minimum of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) of land
- the cost to the landowner is $0.20 per tree for properties that are 1 to 2 ha in area
- for properties that are 2 ha and over (no maximum) the landowner cost is $0.15 per tree
- 15-year planting agreement between the landowner and the CRCA is required.
The program includes project planning, tree planting, tending and assessment.
CRCA Reforestation Assistance Program
This program applies to properties with a minimum of 0.4 ha (1 acre) to be planted, but less than 2 ha (5 acres). The landowner must pay for:
- the cost of the seedlings
- the cost of planting ($0.32 per tree plus HST).
The landowner must also be willing to prepare the site prior to planting, based on advice from the CRCA's forestry technician.
Landowners can order trees through the CRCA and do the planting themselves. There is a minimum order of 500 seedlings and individual species can be ordered in multiples of 50.
Group orders are welcome.
Lemoine Point Native Plant Nursery - Spring and Fall Potted Stock Program
Drinking Water Source Protection Programs
The Ministry of Environment has established the Drinking Water Stewardship Fund
, a support program to help landowners take action to reduce threats to local municipal drinking water sources. Funds are available to undertake a variety of work if your property is located near a municipal well or a municipal water intake pipe. For more details to go to the cleanwatercataraqui website.
Got a Question?
staff can provide technical advice and assistance provided to private landowners on a variety of resource management concerns and issues. Many questions are handled over the telephone or by mailing information out to the landowner. In other cases, CRCA staff will meet with a landowner on site to discuss various options.
Inquiries from landowners are received on a wide variety of topics ranging from woodlot management to erosion control techniques to constructing bird nesting boxes to drainage issues.