You may have seen groups of people wading through local streams in New Tecumseth with buckets and tools and working to shore-up the banks and add stability to local waterways.
The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority provides grants to help landowners plant between 100,000 and 250,000 trees to help restore the Nottawasaga Watershed.
The NVCA is looking for interested landowners and volunteers to help plant tress for spring 2022.
To be eligible, projects must include over 100 trees planted three to five metres apart.
Grants range between 50 per cent and 100 per cent up to $1,000 for eligible plantings. Special funding is available for areas along streams and wetlands and windbreaks.
The best time to plant is in the spring. To ensure a good selectin species, the NVCA recommends reserving tress early in the fall before the year thy are planted.
Depending on the size of the project, trees can be planted by the landowner or NVCA staff can help arrange a volunteer group to help.
Many local people have volunteered over the years to restore areas along the Beeton Creek and other local waterways and have taken part in projects to plant trees and create a solid bank to help keep local streams stable.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the number of volunteers over the past year, but the NVCA is hoping people will return to the projects and help out.
“Typically, we have over 2,000 volunteers and landowners help on habitat and water quality projects, but the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly reduced the volunteer restoration days,” said Shannon Stephens, NVCA’s Healthy Waters Coordinator. “We’re hoping to have a great green spring in 2022 and welcome all our volunteers back.”
If you are interested the tree planting project, you can contact the NVCA to learn how you can volunteer.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times