There is a grant program by Tree Canada for those struggling with the devastation the pine beetle left behind, especially when it costs for tree removal and replacement. The following information will take you to links providing more information and to Tree Canada's site for a grant application. These application form must be submitted to Tree Canada Community Advisor before May 17, 2017. Applications are limited to properties in Alberta.
Applications are available on Tree Canada's website, follow the link below.
About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. To date, over 80 million trees have been planted, over 550 schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize ten national urban conferences. More information about Tree Canada is available at www.treecanada.ca
The Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program was first launched in 2010 by Tree Canada, in partnership with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle ReLeaf program provides funding to homeowners, private landowners and municipalities for replacing trees that have been killed by mountain pine beetle on private or municipal land. The mountain pine beetle arrived in west-central Alberta for the first time in July 2006, when strong winds carried insects to the region from central B.C., a distance of 400 kilometres. The beetle attacks all pine species, most notably lodgepole pine, the provincial tree of Alberta. It will also attack jack pine and the endangered whitebark and limber pines.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Residents - Residents who had individual tree(s) killed by mountain pine beetle may apply for a rebate of up to $500 off the estimated cost of a landscape tree. The on-line application and 1-2 photos of mountain pine beetle damage can be sent to our Tree Canada Community Advisor for review and approval.
Landowners - Private landowners who have shelter belts or landscape trees around their yard killed by mountain pine beetle will be able to apply for tree seedlings or potted trees up to a 5 gallon pot size, for a maximum amount of $5,000.
Municipalities - Municipalities who have had trees killed by mountain pine beetle will be able to apply for trees for a maximum amount of $10,000.
Fill out an application form and submit to our Tree Canada Community Advisor before May 17, 2017.
Laurence Bastien |Adjointe aux communications | Tree Canada/Arbres Canada
470 rue Somerset St. West/ouest |Ottawa, ON K1R 5J8 | T: 613-567-5545 ext. 227