LTVCA Watershed-wide – We are gearing up for another full season with 130,000 seedlings this spring! Tree delivery is next week from Sommerville, and Pineneedle nurseries. Thirty-two private land projects will be completed. Additionally, 40 acres of tall grass prairie plantings, and 15 wetland restorations will also be completed. Two hundred landowners are registered to receive trees with purchases of 10 to 5,000 trees.
Successful winter stewardship evenings raised awareness and promoted new partnership for stewardship projects and included one at Country View Golf Course in Chatham-Kent with guest speaker Mathis Natvik and another at the Middlesex Federation of Agriculture Hall in Mount Brydges. Programs were also advertised with highway signage, social media and website postings. Our popular free tree give-away was fully registered in just two days and will be the highlight of our Earth Day Celebrations!
Trees provide habitat and shade; they help to clean our air and water and they protect the soil which promotes water infiltration and reduces erosion and flooding. Tree cover is especially important in large blocks or along natural streams or riparian areas, as a vital element to ecosystems. Enhancing and maintaining forest cover slows climate warming and assists with adaptation by preventing the release and improving the capture of CO2 from the atmosphere. Most importantly, trees go a long way in helping us reduce phosphorus levels flowing off the land into our streams, rivers and lakes.
For information contact:
Greg Van Every
Environmental Project Coordinator
100 Thames St. Chatham, Ontario N7L2Y8
519-354-7310 ext. 229