Trees for Mapleton is a local initiative to increase the amount of trees in Mapleton Township. The programme grew out of Trees for Peel, 2001, and is now administered by a committee made up of locallandowners and technical advisers.

Trees for Mapleton has partnered with the following organizations:

  • Wellington Stewardship Council
  • Grand River Conservation Authority 
  • Drayton Kinsmen
  • Wellington Soil and Crop Assocation
  • Wellington County
  • Wellington Green Legacy
  • Mapleton Municipality
  • Forests Ontario
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Maitland Valley Conservation Authority

The focus has been on establishing windbreaks, given the high qualityagricultural soils.

Wind breaks are seen as a production tool, just like seed, soil, fertilizer, drainage and machinery. There is a wide body of research establishing yield increases due to the presence of wind breaks. The Mapleton strategy includes wrapping every 100 acres with windscreens, buffering all waterways with trees, wrapping all forest fragments with windbreaks, planting shelterbelts around all farmsteads, linking forest fragments, and planting living snow fences. The potential is 5 million trees in one township.

The outcome of these trees planted will be:

  • Increased farm income
  • Will help farmers adapt to climate change
  • Increased Carbon Sequestration
  • Decrease road maintenance/ salt
  • Decrease accidents
  • Demonstrate for other municipalities
  • Increased durability of communities

Progress to date since initiation---2006:

  • Established Partners
  • Presentations
  • On the ground field days
  • Funding Package
  • Farm Forester in place
  • Mapleton info package
  • EFP Workshops
  • 2009 spring plant 27 km of windbreaks
  • Fall planting 50 km of trees
  • On the ground learning
  • Plastic mulch application
  • Shelterbelt-plantings

For more information contact:

Forestry Specialist
Meghan Clay

Bruce Whale

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