Land Care Niagara works with rural landowners to promote and execute successful tree planting projects that increase forest interior and reconnect our fragmented natural areas.
How do I Apply?
If you own land in the Niagara Region and are interested in planting a minimum of one (1) acre of trees on your property, you might be eligible for this program.
Step 1. Read our Information Package for information on costs, requirements, timelines & project overview.
Step 2. Complete & submit our online form here in order to see if your property is eligible to be part of our Rural Tree Planting Program.
Rural Tree Planting Program
LCN is the local delivery agent for Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program for the Niagara Region. By partnering with private contractors, other funder’s and agencies, Land Care Niagara works with rural landowners to promote and execute successful tree planting projects that increase forest interior and reconnect our fragmented natural areas.
The Niagara Natural Heritage Ecological Framework (NNHEF) will see hundreds of thousands of native trees strategically planted in the Niagara Region. Planting areas are based on the Natural Heritage Ecological Framework map (click here to see map) produced in 1998. Utilizing leading-edge landscape ecology principals, satellite imagery, Geographic Information Systems, and the habitat spatial model the framework was developed in conjunction with Ontario Power Services, local ecologists, naturalists and foresters. The framework document and its recommendations deal with the issues of forest fragmentation, loss of forest cover, wildlife habitat and bio-diversity in the Niagara Region. If your property falls within the framework areas you may receive priority in our selection process. By targeting our conservation efforts to increase forest interior and reconnect our fragmented natural areas we contribute to a healthier Niagara and help secure a legacy for our children and future generations. Full report for more information found here.
In 2000, Land Care Niagara took a major step forward in implementing the framework. With inital funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and on-going support from landowners and various environmental groups we have planted over 1.5 million native trees and shrubs in a focused manner directed towards the protection and enhancement of Niagara’s natural resources.
Previous Tree Planting Sites in Niagara