The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) was busy this spring. The organization planted 275,000 tree seedlings throughout the valley. The RVCA is trying to plant 6.5 million trees by 2020.

The organization’s reforestation program is a way for landowners to improve their property by building on wildlife habitat, protecting against soil erosion and improving water quality. The program is available to landowners who want one acre or more planted with trees.

The minimum is 1,000 trees to participate in the program, which includes site visits from forestry experts, site preparation and follow-up assessments.

RVCA Forestry Manager Scott Danford says the program is focused on increasing forest cover throughout the watershed.

The cost is 15 cents per tree or $120 per acre. The RVCA and its planting partners cover all other costs. Program partners include the City of Ottawa, Forests Ontario, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and McGarry Funeral Homes.

For more information about the program, contact Danford directly by calling 613-692-3571.