Chuck Pegg and Greg Van Every, environmental project coordinator with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, plant trees on Pegg’s property in the Rondeau Bay area June 6, 2018. Tom Morrison/Postmedia News
The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) has jurisdiction over the watersheds of all streams which drain into the Thames River from the village of Delaware to Lake St. Clair. Its southern boundary has jurisdiction over the watersheds of all streams that drain into Lake Erie, from the Talbot Creek watershed in the east to the Two Creeks watershed in the west. This area of jurisdiction covers over 3,275 square kilometres (1,264 square miles) and includes 10 member municipalities.
To find out more about what the LTVCA does, check out their website at: www.lowerthames-conservation.on.ca
There is a Natural Heritage Implementation Strategy (NHIS) which came out of the tree cutting issues a few years ago. The purpose of this strategy is to identify how the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will work with all sectors of the community to maintain and enhance the natural heritage system within our municipality and manage collectively, the greater ecological goods and services that are a benefit to all members of our society.
The strategy identifies 29 recommendations for conservation improvements throughout Chatham-Kent, one being the creation of a Natural Heritage Sustainability Committee, which will be made up of individuals from many organizations and groups from our local communities.
Speaking of trees, the Greening Partnership, along with local farmers and landowners, planted over 167,000 tree seedlings throughout Chatham-Kent from 2016 to 2018. This means over 278 acres of tree cover in just three years!
The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) is now taking orders for small or large tree planting projects. Many different native Carolinian species are available and suitable trees for windbreaks.
The minimum order is 10 trees per species. Large orders and projects over 600 trees in Chatham-Kent are eligible for 40 per cent cost share. Tree projects over 1,500 trees are eligible for up to 75 per cent cost share. There is also funding available for certain windbreak projects. Contact the LTVCA for more details.
The LTVCA is also available to plant the project for a cost of $1 per tree for machine planting and $1.50 per tree for hand planting. A site visit is required for all projects that are eligible for funding.
For more information, contact Amanda Blain at the LTVCA at 519-354-7310 ext. 234. Tree orders are due by March 15, 2019.
Here is a list of the various species of trees they have available: Eastern White Cedar, Red Cedar, White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Tamarack, Trembling Aspen, Paper Birch, Black Cherry, Bitternut Hickory, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Red Native Maple, Sugar Maple, Silver Maple, Bur Oak, Pin Oak, Red Oak, White Swamp Oak, White Oak, American Sycamore, Tulip, Black Walnut, Arrowwood, Nannyberry and Red Osier Dogwood.
There is a complete list, sizing and pricing on their website.
The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority and its many partners is another great example of various organizations working together in helping to make Chatham-Kent an even better place to live.
Think about this – No matter what you hear or think or believe, the truth is this – God is not dead.
Just some food for thought.
Here in Chatham-Kent ‘WE GROW FOR THE WORLD’. Check out our community’s agricultural website at www.wegrowfortheworld.com
Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 45 years. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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