Private Land Planting Program

Private Land Planting Program

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Private Land Planting Program is the perfect opportunity for landowners to restore and enhance their properties by planting native trees and shrubs. With our program, you can receive up to 90% funding for eligible projects, along with full planting services and a supply of native trees and shrubs, some of which are grown in our very own nursery from locally collected seeds.

Our professionally trained staff, with over 50 years of planting and forest management experience, will provide you with the technical, financial, and implementation support needed to turn your project ideas into action. Whether it’s stream bank planting, wildlife habitat establishment, woodlot creation, or forest restoration, we have you covered.

Is Your Property Eligible?

Private properties with a minimum size of 2 acres within TRCA’s jurisdiction are eligible for the following tree planting project types:

  • Planting along stream banks or wet areas such as ponds, marshes, and wetlands
  • Establishing windbreaks and hedgerows for wildlife habitat
  • Establishing new woodlots or expanding existing ones
  • Understory plantings in existing forests
  • Restoring marginal farmland

To ensure availability for planting in the spring, orders for plant materials and services must be received by December 1 of the preceding year.

What Programs Does TRCA Offer?

Program 1: TRCA Full Planting Services

Our full planting services program includes:

  1. Free site visit and technical support
  2. Customized planting plan for your property
  3. Up to 90% funding, based on municipality and project scope
  4. Delivery and installation of plant stock and materials
  5. Experienced planting staff to efficiently complete your project in just one day

Program 2: Purchase & Plant Your Own Native Trees & Shrubs from TRCA

With this program, TRCA staff will provide you with the necessary plant materials for you to pick up from our nursery and plant on your property. Our native trees and shrubs are available at affordable prices, ranging from deciduous trees at $1.17 per seedling to coniferous trees at $0.95 per seedling. We also offer shrubs, potted coniferous trees, and more. Prices vary according to species and size.

What Are the Benefits of Tree Planting?

By participating in our Private Land Planting Program, you can enjoy a range of benefits:

  • Reduce the amount of lawn to maintain and add variety to your landscape
  • Protect and improve water quality in streams and ponds on your property
  • Lower home energy costs by providing shade and shelter
  • Transform open fields into thriving forests
  • Create habitat and attract pollinators, birds, and other wildlife
  • Enhance outdoor recreation opportunities
  • Develop a sense of well-being through your contribution to the natural environment
  • Contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases

Take a look at our accomplishments from 2015 to 2019 to see the impact of our program.

Contact Us

To learn more about TRCA’s Tree Planting Services or to book your free site visit, please complete and submit our Information Request Form. Our Reforestation & Stewardship Coordinators will be happy to assist you.

Forestry and Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program Planning Services

Through our Forestry Services Program, TRCA offers private landowners access to our wealth of knowledge, experience, and technical expertise in managing forested lands. Our services include:

  • Preparation and implementation of a Forest Management Plan through the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) for eligible properties
  • Preparation and implementation of a Stewardship Plan for properties between 2-10 acres
  • Forest plantation management, including stand thinning, tending, and invasive species control
  • Sustainable Harvest Plan preparation for hardwood forests and conifer plantations
  • Expansion of tree and shrub diversity and forest connectivity through TRCA’s Private Land Planting Program

Depending on your location and the services provided, you may be eligible for up to 90% coverage of the costs.

Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

The Ontario Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) is a voluntary program that offers up to 75% property tax savings on eligible portions of forested properties. To qualify for this provincial program, your property needs to have a minimum of 4 hectares (9.88 acres) of forest, be at least 50% Canadian-owned, and have an approved Managed Forest Plan following good forestry practices.

New program applications must be submitted by June 30 to enter the program in the following calendar year. Visit the MFTIP website for complete eligibility and application requirements.

Private Land Planting Program

If you’re interested in our Forestry and MFTIP Planning Services, or would like to schedule a site visit, please complete and submit our Information Request Form. Our Forestry Technologists will be in touch with you soon.

At TRCA, we have a proven track record of managing forested lands to meet various objectives, and we look forward to helping you achieve your own objectives for your property.

Now is the perfect time to join the Private Land Planting Program and make a positive impact on your property and the environment. Let’s create a greener and healthier future together.