The Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds is selling tree seedlings this year as part of our Saskatchewan Tree for Life Program. Your purchase will help to support programs and projects that improve water quality in our lakes and rivers, provide and sustain wildlife and aquatic habitat and provide public education awareness on improving the natural environment.
The Saskatchewan Tree for Life Program was started in 2021 to encourage planting trees to support healthy watersheds across the province. Funds raised from the program go towards education and outreach on source water protection and building healthy watersheds in Saskatchewan.
By purchasing and planting affordable trees from the Tree for Life Program, you will do your part to support healthy watersheds. Trees are an important part of the water cycle and keep our lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and aquifers clean. Trees also provide shelter, shade and wildlife habitat. In an urban setting, trees keep our storm drains clean and help decrease soil erosion and filter contaminates.
This program supports our vision of people caring for their local watershed, resulting in clean and healthy lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and aquifers that support communities and wildlife for years to come.
By planting trees, we are building climate change knowledge and capacity for the public and, at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Young trees absorb CO2 at a rate of 13 pounds per tree each year. Trees reach their most productive stage of carbon storage at about 10 years, at which point they are estimated to absorb 48 pounds of CO2 per year.
Improve Water Quality – Polluted runoff is filtered by the plants roots before entering our waterbodies
Reduce Soil Erosion – Soil is held in place through an immense underground root network
Reduce Flooding – The velocity of surface runoff and rainwater is reduced
Mitigate Climate Change Impacts – Carbon is stored and oxygen is released back into the air
Provide Wildlife Habitat – Land and aquatic organisms are provided with food and shelter
Provide shade, shelter, and privacy to properties and buildings – Trees can act as windbreaks and shelterbelts
Increase Property Values
Adds Beauty to Your Community