Example Objectives: Restore to natural conditions Recreation Forest products Augment MFTIP Legacy
Experts tell us that a healthy sustainable ecosystem requires at least 30 per cent forest cover. A BILLION more trees needs to be planted in southern Ontario to reach to necessary 30% forest cover that constitutes a health ecosystem. A report by Environment Canada indicates these figures, and is supported by the Environmental Commissioner’s recently released annual report. In order to help achieve this number and further support and build on government programs, individuals, landowners and corporations must help support afforestation efforts. Financial support through donations and landowner support through participating in subsidy programs are ways that everyone and corporations can be involved in helping our environment.
Explain that the “We” isn’t Trees Ontario but the province in general. In past the government provided a lot of financial support, which declined in the late 1990’s due to significant cutbacks. This has since been supported through recent government commitment, but in order to help achieve 30 per cent forest cover and plant a billion trees, the support of donors, businesses and landowners will be required. - A billion more trees needs to be planted in southern Ontario to reach to necessary 30% forest cover that constitutes a health ecosystem, of which humans are a part.
Predominant areas for afforestation opportunities in Ontario are indicated by the red markings on this map. These properties are typically marginal farm lands. There is approximately 900,000 hectares of marginal farmlands available in the province of Ontario.
Introduce and Highlight the host/local PDA(s) you are working with on the workshop. You may also want to mention other PDAs in the area that may be of good resource for landowners.
Top Left: This chart represents the number of PDAs we worked with on a yearly basis. Ex. we had 2 PDAs in 2004 and in 2010 we had 65. Bottom Right: This chart represents the number of trees planted under all our programs from 2004-2010. In 2005 Trees Ontario planted 2M trees under the Forest 2020 program, a federal government initiative. The year 2008 was the first year that the 50MTP was in place, hence the reason for the significant increase back up to 2Mtrees. In 2009 we planted close to 3 million trees across the province and close to 2.5 million in 2010. Our goal is to reach 10 million trees by 2015.
This map was taken from the Trees Ontario website showing the tree planting sites in the province for the 2010 planting season.
NOTE: The dotted line indicates when Trees Ontario started their tree planting programs in 2004. We came in at the lowest point and you can see that after we started with our programs, the numbers started to rise again. Also note that we are currently at 2010 and around 3 million trees but the line does move up/forward showing our projected number of 10 million trees planted by 2015. 1980’s – average of 20-30 million trees planted each year in Ontario on rural, private lands through government programs 1992 – provincial government refocused its mandate and limited its tree planting funding substantially. As a result, annual planting levels dropped to as low as 2 million trees/year. 2004 – Trees Ontario ramped up its programs and first delivered the Forest 2020 program, which was a federal program to put 2M trees in the ground. Since then Trees Ontario has continued to increase its tree planting programs and capacity on an annual basis. These tree planting rates are indicated by the dotted line in the graph. Presen t - With our partners, we are currently planting close to 3 million trees/year, but there is still a need to plant more trees. Goal is to increase to support the planting of 10 million trees/year by 2015. Urban sprawl continues to reduce our forests An estimated 10,000 hectares of forest cover has been lost over the past 15 years
Give a quick overview – from identifying where the seed is developing – calculating how much seed is required – collecting, processing and storing seed (OTSP) – geminating seed at nurseries – then selling stock to local planting agencies
Discuss the importance of ensuring locally adapted seed is used to grow seedlings that are returned to the same seed zone. E.g. – White Pine from north does not grow well in south; or from south does not grow well in Algonquin Park
A photo inside of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant located in Angus Ontario.
Point to and explain each image: Watering trees in nursery beds Planting tree seedlings Fertilizing Lifting stock from nursery beds for transportation to planting sites
Run through the list of items identified in the list to let landowners know what to expect when working with PDAs to prepare their site to take part in a tree planting program.
Air photos Some Conservation Authorities and Countys provide photos of properties. Check with your local authority to see if this is available, If not, you can access air photos of your property through the MNR. MNR Information Order online from MNR or call the Government Information Center at 1-800-667-1940 Find out your Lot, Concession and Geographic township – not new regional municipal amalgamation Black and white, 1:10,000 scale, 9”X9”, $8.50 plus tax and shipping Can get enlargements
Aerial shot of property site map
This chart shows some of the more common reforestation species. There are many others. Objective was restore to natural conditions. Pick white pine for well drained field. White cedar for the lower field. Could mix some other species in if you want. Here you can talk about the importance of native species and picking the right tree for your area and property.
Put a real emphasis on the 50MTP program.
FA Note for yourselves only: We will be further defining the application process for funding requests for Trees Ontario’s own tree planting programs, outside of 50MTP, and the structure for them. Once fully defined new print materials, web copy and information for partners will be made available. FOR NOW, special projects will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Fall 2010 Landowner Workshop in partnership with the Ontario Forestry Association and Supporting Partners Hosted by [Insert PDA]
Matching Species to Soil Soil Texture Drainage Well to Moderate Imperfect to Poor Sand White Pine Red Pine Norway Spruce European Larch Red Oak White Cedar Tamarack Loam White Pine White Spruce Norway Spruce White Cedar European Larch Black Walnut Red Oak White Cedar Tamarack Silver Maple Clay Norway Spruce White Cedar European Larch Black Walnut Tamarack Silver Maple
Trees Ontario supports select special projects, which are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Planting agency partners are asked to submit a project proposal, which will then be reviewed by a technical advisory committee.
*Availability for special project funding is dependant on Trees Ontario’s fundraising program.