The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has planted it’s six millionth tree. The celebration was held last week. The special tree is hidden among the 275,000 seedlings planted this spring throughout the watershed, between Ottawa and South Frontenac Township.

A ceremonial tree dedication took place at the RVCA’s Perth Wildlife Reserve.

Over $5.7 million has been raised to support tree planting since 1983. A lot of the money comes from continued support from key investors like Carleton Refrigeration, the City of Ottawa, Eastern Ontario Model Forest, Forests Ontario, McGarry Funeral Homes and Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority.

RVCA Chair Lyle Pederson says the organization is delighted to share the major milestone with municipal and community partners.

RVCA staff are looking for next year’s planting partners. Interested landowners who have one acre or more to plant can contact the RVCA to learn more about programs. The full-service program includes free site visits with forestry experts, development of planting plans, site preparation, tree planting operations, follow-up assessments and operations to ensure long-term tree establishment.

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