Pouce Coupe, Hudson’s Hope offering tree rebates

Residents of Pouce Coupe and Hudson’s Hope who plant trees can now apply for a $50 rebate.

The municipalities have brought back their tree planting rebate program.

The village of Pouce Coupe is offering a $50 dollar rebate, with similar requirements. Residents need to complete a form and bring a tag for a Zone 1,2, or 3 tree. Rebates are limited to one property

To qualify for the program, all residents have to do is plant a Zone 1, 2, or 3 tree and fill out an rebate form for the district. Only trees purchased after January 1, 2020 qualify; shrubs and flowers are not eligible for the rebate.

Zone 1, 2, 3 are hardiness zones for plants and is based on temperature with 1 being the coldest at minus 45 and below, 2 at minus 40, and 3 at minus 35. Northeast BC is very demanding climate, with Poplar, Spruce, Birch, Chokecherry Tree, Crabapple, Mountain Ash, Aspen, and Weeping Willow being some the most common species. Fruit trees are also acceptable for the rebate.

The intent behind the tree planting rebate is to encourage homeowners to beautify their yard and the community. Residents need a property tax account in their name, a completed rebate form, and a tree tag with the growing zone. Rebates will be processed at the district office.

The City of Fort St John is not offering a rebate this year, with 2017 being the last time they offered a $50 rebate for tree planting. Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Taylor do not have tree rebate programs.

with files from Tom Summer

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