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Plan before you plant: Start site planning for spring this fall!

Posted: August 31, 2018

Thinking of tree planting next spring? Fall planning brings spring planting! Forests Ontario and its planting partners want to remind landowners that fall is an opportune time for planning next spring’s planting activities.

Tree planting is an excellent way to increase the value of your property and make a positive contribution to environmental health. Forests Ontario offers funding assistance for tree planting through the 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP), providing the benefits of tree planting at a reduced cost. Eligible landowners may receive between 75 to 90 per cent coverage of total planting costs through the program.

The 50MTP has been designed to make the tree planting process as easy as possible for landowners. If your property has at least one hectare (2.5 acres) of open land available for tree planting, you may qualify for tree planting assistance. Once registered, a Forests Ontario representative or planting agency will contact you to confirm your eligibility and determine the best approach to complete your planting project. Whether you’re interested in improving your farming operation, creating wildlife habitat, increasing your property value, leaving a legacy for future generations, or helping to fight climate change, planting through the 50MTP can help you achieve your goals.

“Our goal is to plant the right tree in the right place, and do all we can during planning and preparation to ensure the healthy long-term growth of newly planted trees,” explains Tim Gray, Field Advisor with Forests Ontario. “Planning and preparation for tree planting includes determining your objective, assessing site conditions, making appropriate species choices, and conducting any preliminary treatment required to prepare the planting site.” Tim says the best time to start planning is right now.

Autumn is a good time for planting partners to accurately assess site conditions and undertake any necessary preparations. Early planning also improves your chances of securing the right number and most appropriate species of trees, as stock may be limited, particularly with hardwoods. The benefits of the 50MTP extend far beyond financial support. Best said by Tim, “the program provides a mechanism to assist those who believe in the value of planting trees, and who recognize the multiple benefits that forests provide to a healthy environment and the community.”

Through the 50MTP, you are able to improve your property while helping the Government of Ontario reach its goal of planting 50 million trees by 2025. To learn more about this program and complete an online tree planting application, visit our website at or contact our Forestry Program Manager, Stephanie Burns, at 1.877.646.1193 ext. 222 or

Apply this fall to begin planting next spring!