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Trees for Mapleton


Windbreak Video: Featuring Trees for Mapleton member Mike Downey on his farm in Mapleton Township.



Tree Planting Demonstration Sites in Mapleton (2015)

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Frei Farm Eco-Buffer

Location:  Wellington Rd. 7 (across the road from Mapleton Organics)

The Eco-Buffer project on the Frei Farm was planted in spring of 2012 and 2013. The tree planting project on the 100 acre mixed farm is modeled after a natural hedgerow. It is designed to grow rapidly and enhance biodiversity. A diverse mixture of native species was planted at this site, including hazelnut, elderberry, hickory, maple and oak. 

Glenron Farms Creek Buffer

Location: Wellington Rd. 17 (just outside of Alma, to the northeast)

The Creek Buffer project at Glenron Farms was established in spring of 2014. This creek buffer consists of rows of trees planted alongside a watercourse. The trees will help to improve water quality by shading the water (resulting in higher oxygen content) and decreasing the effects of farm runoff. The trees also add to the farm’s overall aesthetic and provide habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife. 

August 19, 2014 

Non-farm rural landowners in Mapleton can apply for tree-planting grants

Owners of non-farm rural properties in Mapleton Township can take advantage of a new grant program to help them plant trees on their land.

The new program is an initiative of Trees for Mapleton. It is open to rural landowners with more than one hectare (2.5 acres) of property. It is targeted at projects that reduce wind erosion, protect groundwater recharge areas, create buffer strips along streams, connect natural areas and create wildlife habitat.

The grant money is financed from a donation from NextEra Energy.

Landowners could receive grants of up to $25 for each tree or shrub, including planting costs. A planting plan is required for properties over one hectare. Applicants may be required to sign an agreement to maintain the trees for 15 years. Projects will be approved by the Trees for Mapleton Committee.

For more information, please contact Joseph Heeg, GRCA Forestry Specialist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 1-866-900-4722 x2259.

Trees for Mapleton is a community initiative to increase the amount of tree cover in the township. It is supported by local landowners, the Wellington Green Legacy Program, the Grand River Conservation Authority, Mapleton Township and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The new program for non-farm landowners is an addition to the range of programs available in Wellington County. Farmers remain eligible to apply for tree-planting grants through the Rural Water Quality Program.

Further information:  Lisa Stocco, GRCA Manager of Communications
Phone 519-621-2763 x2316  |  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   |  Website www.grandriver.ca

November 2013: Wellington's forest grows as NextEra Energy Canada supports the Township of Mapleton's tree planting program.  View media release here


Trees for Mapleton Is helping farmers adapt to climate change, a green infrastructure for the durability of food production and a healthy community.

Trees for Mapleton is a partnership between:

  • Wellington Stewardship Council
  • GRCA
  • Drayton Kinsmen
  • Wellington Soil & Crop
  • Wellington County
  • Wellington Green Legacy
  • Township of Mapleton
  • Trees Ontario
  • MVCA

Wind breaks are a production tool, just like seed, soil, drainage and machinery. 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.

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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 Counties
  • Increased durability of communities

For More Information Contact:

Trees for Mapleton Forestry Specialist
Meghan Clay
Tel: 519-621-2763 x2259
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bruce Whale
Tel: 519-638-2230