Private Land Tree Planting and Forestry

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Private Land Tree Planting Program

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Private Land Tree Planting Program helps private landowners by offering technical and financial support to restore and improve your property through the planting of native trees, shrubs and seedlings.

With over 40 years of planting and forest management experience, professionally trained staff provide planting services and hardy native plant materials, many of which are carefully grown in our own nursery from locally collected seed, to promote ecosystem regeneration.

Benefits of Tree Planting

  • Create habitat and attract a variety of wildlife.
  • Contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.
  • Protect and improve water quality in the streams and ponds on your property.
  • Reduce home energy costs by providing shade and shelter.
  • Transform bare, open fields into forests.
  • Improve outdoor recreation opportunities.
  • Reduce the amount of grass to maintain, and add variety to the landscape.
  • Develop a sense of well-being through your contribution to the natural environment.

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Program 1: TRCA Planting Services

  • Delivery and installation of plant stock and materials.
  • Experienced planting staff to complete your project efficiently and carefully, generally within one day.
  • Inexpensive tree and shrub planting services including machine planting of seedlings.
  • Free site visit and technical support.
  • Customized planting plan for your property.

Program 2: Native Plant Materials (Supply Only)

TRCA staff will provide plant materials for you to plant on your property.

Native Trees and Shrubs*

  • 100 – 150 cm bare root deciduous trees from $6.00 per tree
  • 25 – 30 cm wildlife shrubs from $5.25 per shrub
  • 60 – 100 cm B&B evergreen trees from $21.00 per tree
  • 60 – 100 cm field clump cedars from $8.00 per tree
  • Various Mulch mats are available for a fee
  • Rabbit guards supplied for $1.00 per guard

Reforestation Seedlings*

  • Deciduous trees from $1.00 per seedling
  • Evergreens from $0.57 per seedling

* Prices vary according to species and size. A $15.00 shipping fee applies to all supply only orders. Taxes are extra. Minimum orders of 30 BR trees or 75 Shrubs or combination of both or 100 seedlings are required. Some conditions apply. See terms and conditions.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

  • Landowners with a minimum of 0.8 hectares (2 acres) of land on a single property within the TRCA’s jurisdiction.

Eligible Projects

  • Planting along stream banks or seasonally wet areas such as stream banks,pond perimeters, marshes and wetlands.
  • Establishing hedgerows and buffers for wildlife habitat.
  • Establishing new woodlots or windbreaks.
  • Connecting or enlarging established woodlots.
  • Restoring marginal farmland.

Orders for plant materials and planting services for the spring must be received by December of the preceding year.

To learn more about the Programs available, including project costs, please download our program flyer specific to your region:

Supplies and materials are limited. Book your site visit today! For more information on TRCA’s Tree Planting Services, please contact Mary Jane Moroz at 416.661.6600 ext. 5649 or email

TRCA Forestry and MFTIP Planning Services

Southern Ontario’s forests are key to both human and ecosystem health. Forests help clean the air we breathe and protect the waters we drink. They are the home to a wide diversity of plants and animals, and they can provide us with valuable forest products.

Over the past 40 years, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has managed more than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of forested lands across our watershed in Peel, York, and Durham Regions. This wealth of knowledge and experience is available to private landowners through our Forestry Services Program.

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We Can Help You …

  • Prepare and implement a Forest Management & Stewardship Plan for your property.
  • Save 75% on your forest’s property taxes through the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP).
  • Manage your forest plantation to restore a mixed hardwood forest.
  • Identify & control invasive species.
  • Prepare a Sustainable Harvest Plan for hardwood forests and conifer plantations including Tree Marking by Provincially Certified Tree Markers.
  • Increase tree species and wildlife shrub diversity or increase existing forest area and connectivity through tree planting.

Depending on where you live and the nature of the service(s) we provide, assistance may be available to cover a portion of the costs associated with our services.

Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

The Ontario Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) is a voluntary program that can save landowners 75% of property taxes on eligible portions of their property. This provincial program recognizes the importance of privately owned forests and the benefits they provide all Ontarians.

To qualify a property must:

  • Have at least 4 hectares (9.88 acres) of forest; this may include newly planted areas.
  • Be at least 50% Canadian owned
  • Have an approved Managed Forest Plan following good forestry practices

New program applications must be submitted by June 30 to enter the program in the following calendar year. For complete program eligibility and application requirements visit the MFTIP website.

The Toronto and Region Conservation has a wealth of experience in preparing MFTIP plans that support activities under our Tree Planting and Forestry Services programs throughout our watershed in Peel, York, and Durham Regions.

TRCA staff can prepare and approve a Managed Forest Plan individually designed to help you achieve your own objectives for your property. Depending on your objectives, a management plan may include:

  • Tree planting
  • Wildlife habitat projects and monitoring
  • Establishing and/or maintaining a recreational trail
  • Monitoring general forest health
  • Managing forest plantations to restore a mixed hardwood forest
  • Commercial timber harvests following good forestry practices

Depending on where you live and the nature of the service(s) we provide, assistance may be available to cover a portion of the costs associated with our services.