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By Aimee Delaney, Green Acreages CoordinatorEven with all its weather extremes, this year has proven to be a great year for Green Acreages landowners to get some projects complete. Whether planting for an ecobuffer, shelterbelt, or a garden haven designed for pollinators, enhancing the environment and producing ecosystem services seems to be of increasing importance to our landowners.
We learn more about the needs for pollinators and trees every year. New to this years’ Green Acreages program tree planting or pollinator habitat projects (eco-buffers, shelterbelts, pollinator gardens, etc.) will have certain requirements in order to have a successful application. These include:
Site prep must be complete prior to all plantings
All plant species must be native
Minimum two rows, three plant species for shelterbelts
Minimum of three species, six plants per species in mass plantings for pollinator habitat
A sketch or aerial map and estimate of cost for whole project (site prep included)
There will be no cost-share for any plantings within 25m from the center of any public road
Following suit from past years, these projects will continue to be funded for up to $2,000, however an additional $1,000 may be eligible for site preparation costs – which is one of, if not THE most important step in a successful planting.
Any folks interested in planting trees, shrubs or grasses, or other projects to increase ecosystem services are welcome to contact me, Aimee, for more information or to get a Green Acreages application at 403.342.7367 or email@example.com