David and Helen Choat

Have you ever wanted to grow your own forest? Landowners from Caledon, Helen and David Choat, are working with CVC to increase forest cover by planting 13,000 tree seedlings. For those planting trees, it’s easy to focus on the trees themselves and forget that we’re building forests for the future.

On hot summer days, the shade of one tree can offer some relief, but there’s nothing quite like stepping into a forest and feeling the difference that deep shade provides. When you’re protected from the sun’s intense rays, it’s dramatically cooler and the air is fresh.

Part of the appeal of moving to the countryside for The Choats was having a treed oasis to walk their dog. “We wanted to plant trees and grow a forest for the future where we could enjoy our daily walks,” said David.

Using CVC’s restoration services, the Choats completed five stewardship projects and made environmental improvements on 23 acres of their property. Their efforts were recognized at the 2018 Friends of the Credit Awards where they were presented with the Landowner Stewardship Award.

Tree cover in the Credit River Watershed was nine per cent in 1910 but has steadily increased thanks to the hard work of many organizations and landowners. It’s now 23 per cent but there’s more work to be done. Tree seedlings can take 10 or more years before they start to resemble a forest. Landowners like the Choats are building forests for the future.

Join CVC’s forestry expert on August 23 to tour the newly planted treed oasis and learn about planting and growing a healthy forest. Register at cvc.ca/events.

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