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For Immediate Release

Small Steps Lead to Big Benefits

Local landowners will plant more than 9,000 trees this year

Newmarket, ON – May 4, 2016 – This year, thanks to an annual seedling sale organized by Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), a handful of private landowners will plant more than 9,000 trees and shrubs in the Lake Simcoe watershed.

Kathleen Adamson and her husband Tim purchased 200 seedlings through LSRCA’s seedling sale this past spring. “We love planting on our property and watch for the bulk seedling sale each year” says Kathleen. “Many of my most cherished childhood memories took place in nature, and I want to make sure my children and grandchildren have the same opportunity. Trees are good for the environment, and they’re also good for the soul”, she adds.

The actions of people like Kathleen mean big benefits for the watershed! Trees stabilize soil, clean the air, provide wildlife habitat and help protect against flooding. Trees provide shade, help reduce noise pollution, increase property values, and are generally associated with better human health.

“This has been one of our most successful years so far,” explains Paul Cottenden, forest technician, LSRCA. “Each year our numbers increase. It’s taken some time, but word is really starting to get out. Since the seedling sale began in 2008, more than 47,000 trees and shrubs have been sold and then planted by private landowners”, Paul adds.

LSRCA also offers full-service tree planting and its experienced forestry staff can provide free technical advice, like the best trees to plant. Staff also stay informed about other incentive programs to ensure landowners gets the most value for their dollar.

LSRCA’s annual seedling sale will begin again in early 2017. If you missed this year’s sale, there’s always next year. Send an e-mail to info@lsrca.on.ca and ask to be put on our tree seedling mailing list. We’ll make sure to let you know when the sale starts next  year.

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It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to work with our community to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed by leading research, policy and action.

Media Contact:
Sue Jagminas
Corporate Communications
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Phone: 905-895-1281, ext. 264
Toll Free: 1-800-465-0437
Email:s.jagminas@LSRCA.on.ca