Unfortunately soil erosion got out of control on the sandy soils along the pine ridge, resulting in severe flooding in the spring, followed by summer drought. By 1905 conservationists lobbied for minimal support from the Provincial Government and pleaded for tree planting to occur to stop the erosion. At long last Provincial Tree Nurseries were established starting in 1907 in South-Western Ontario, followed by the Orono and Midhurst nursery sites 1922. The Kemptville Tree Nursery came later, in 1945.
These Forest Stations were much needed and provided both trees for planting and valued local employment throughout the areas of severe erosion. Finally the value of forest lands was recognized and the public embraced reforestation practices as an integral part of our local economy.
“Plant trees as if you will live forever”
Carl Kimmett, 9th February 2021