There may still be snow on the ground, but watershed residents can get a jump on ordering trees from the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) for planting this spring. For some landowners, help is available to put them in the ground as well.
Landowners with at least two hectares (5 acres) of property may be interested in having a GRCA forestry specialist visit their property to develop a custom planting plan, arrange for planting in the spring and help access funding programs to offset the cost of tree planting projects (if applicable).
A minimum order of 1,000 seedlings or 50 tall stock is required for GRCA staff to arrange planting. There is no cost for this service, but demand is high and wait times are possible. Please email trees@grandriver.ca or call 519-621-2761 and ask to speak to a forestry specialist.
Landowners in the Grand River watershed who have at least one hectare (2.5 acres) of land are eligible to order trees that they can plant themselves. Online tree orders can be placed until the end of March. Orders can also be placed by mail. Early ordering is advised to ensure the best selection of trees.  
All tree orders can be picked up at the GRCA head office in Cambridge in late April or early May. The minimum order is 200 seedlings or 20 tall stock trees (this includes saplings, whips and potted trees).
All watershed residents are welcome to purchase trees at the GRCA’s annual tree sale that takes place in May. Details about this event will be posted online at www.grandriver.ca/events.
Private landowners own nearly 80 per cent of the land in the watershed and can make an immense contribution toward increasing tree cover through this initiative.
For more information, to order trees and to view the tree availability list, visit the forestry section of the GRCA website at www.grandriver.ca/Trees.