Conservation Programs

Tree Planting

Conservation programs refers to services that the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority provides to private landowners to help them to manage natural resources on their own properties.

Our main focus is on reforestation. We also provide technical advice on resource management issues.

There are also some programs available through other conservation organizations that are featured on this page.

Private Land Forestry Programs

Proper forestry practices can provide wind and water erosion protection, can make poor land more productive and can create wildlife habitat. In addition, trees can provide windbreaks and shade, helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. Trees also take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The CRCA offers a tree planting program to rural landowners on a cost-sharing basis. We deliver reforestation programs in partnership with Forests Ontario. Details are provided below.

Forests Ontario 50 Million Tree Program

The requirements for this program are as follows.

  • you must have a minimum of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) of land
  • the cost to the landowner for planting areas between 1 ha (2.5 acres) up to 2 ha (5.0 acres)  is $0.30 per tree
  • for properties that are 2 ha and over (no maximum) the landowner cost is $0.25 per tree
  • 15-year planting agreement between the landowner and the CRCA is required.

The program includes project planning, tree planting, tending and assessment.
For more information please contact Rick Knapton, Forestry Technician at (613) 389-3651 or email at

Seedling Sales

Landowners can order trees through the CRCA and do the planting themselves. There is a minimum order of 500 seedlings and individual species can be ordered in multiples of 50. Group orders are welcome.

Contact Rick Knapton at for details.

Lemoine Point Native Plant Nursery – Spring and Fall Potted Stock Program

Each spring and fall at Lemoine Point Conservation Area in Kingston, potted trees, shrubs and wildflowers are offered for sale. Prices range from $2 to $12 each with no minimum order required.


Got a Question?

CRCA staff can provide technical advice and assistance provided to private landowners on a variety of resource management concerns and issues. Many questions are handled over the telephone or by sending information out to the landowner. In other cases, CRCA staff will meet with a landowner on site to discuss various options. Inquiries from landowners are received on a wide variety of topics ranging from woodlot management to erosion control techniques to constructing bird nesting boxes to drainage issues.