As with other projects from the Tributary Restoration Program, tree planting projects considered under Strategic Planting must demonstrate the ability of restoring and protecting surface water quality in the St. Lawrence River / Cornwall Area of Concern (AOC). Applications are reviewed by the PSC and subject to the following criteria:
- A 15 year agreement is required
- Block plantings of areas greater than 0.5 hectares (1 acre) are ineligible
- Areas of low forest cover, natural heritage features or proximity to watercourses are prioritized
- In-kind contributions for tree planting services are required from the landowner. Tree planting services consist of site preparation, planting and tending of the seedlings. These costs are not covered under the program and are the responsibility of the landowner. The RRCA can arrange for these services, however at the landowner’s expense.
- Planting help from volunteer groups or RRCA Summer Staff may be available, depending on the level of benefit to surface water quality and ecological function of the planting area.
- Approved projects can be eligible for a 50% grant rate, up to a maximum funding amount of $2,000. In some cases, in-kind costs may cancel the required landowner financial contribution.
Applications for assistance under the Tributary Restoration Program are available for download. For additional information, please contact: Normand Genier - Forestry Specialist. email@example.com or Chris Critoph - Manager of Environmental Services. firstname.lastname@example.org
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