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Invasive Species Awareness Week – Spread the Word, Not the Species!

Invasive species are a serious issue

by Colin Cassin, Ontario Invasive Plant Council Invasive species are the second leading cause of biodiversity loss globally. You read that correctly, the emerald ash borer, kudzu and Asian carps, and other invasive species are responsible for eliminating species from our environment at alarming rates! It’s not all doom-and-gloom, as this presents us with a... Read More

Ontario Wood Profile: Rong Designs

March 8th is International Women’s Day and Forests Ontario is celebrating by sharing stories from “women in wood,” professionals and leaders whose work has supported sustainable forest management and creative use of forest resources across the province. Below, Jennifer Rong, the mastermind behind Rong Designs, talks about her unconventional path to woodworking and love of discarded... Read More

Milling About in Kenora

Madelaine Kennedy on Sustainable Logging in Kenora

March 8th is International Women’s Day and Forests Ontario is celebrating by sharing stories from “women in wood,” professionals and leaders whose work has supported sustainable forest management and creative use of forest resources across the province. Below, Madelaine Kennedy of Weyerhaueser discusses her role overseeing sustainable logging in Kenora. Crown forests are publicly owned and... Read More

Growing Green Leaders with the Ontario Envirothon

by Allison Hands, Education Coordinator, Forests Ontario

The Ontario Envirothon is a unique environmental competition that connects high school students to the outdoors. Participants are challenged to learn fundamental environmental stewardship skills and, as a team of five, test their knowledge against other local schools through hands-on tests. As part of the competition, students also work in their team to develop a... Read More

Genetics, Climate Change, and Your Forest

by Steve D’Eon, Forest Stewardship Council Climate change is rapidly becoming a topic forest owners cannot ignore.  Genetics is a topic most foresters have spent their career trying to ignore.  Your forest is something you should never ignore.  So what do the three have to do with each other? Diversifying the genetic basis in your... Read More

The Regional Municipality of York’s Forestry and Public Health Partnership

Supporting the link between a Healthy Community and a Healthy Natural Environment

Kevin Haley is an Environmental Health Specialist at York Region and one of the many presenters who will join us at our 2017 Conference.  Kevin will be delivering a presentation on “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities,” which will detail how York Region has undertaken efforts to not only promote the vital role of forests in making... Read More

Webinar: Adapting Offset Protocols for Ontario, Quebec, and Other Jurisdictions

With all this talk about carbon and cap and trade, it can be difficult to understand where our forests fit in. As a landowner or someone working with landowners, you may be looking for more information about what this all means to you – are there opportunities for our forests in the carbon market? We... Read More

Text to Give in Support of Ontario Envirothon

Until December 31st, you can text FOREST to 20222 to donate $5 to our forest restoration and education programs.

This month, Forests Ontario has the privilege of partnering with the Mobile Giving Foundation of Canada to build support for our work in forest restoration, education, and awareness. Throughout December, simply text “FOREST” to 20222 to donate $5. Each donation supports Forests Ontario’s mission of growing healthy forests and inspiring the next generation of green... Read More

Viktoria’s FO Journal #3: the Toronto Christmas Market

by Viktoria Neuhaus Every year during Christmas, Forests Ontario sells Christmas trees and wreaths at the Toronto Christmas market. The trees were all from Somerville Seedlings in Alliston, Ontario. Every year, over 600 farmers in Ontario produce more than 1 million Christmas trees. These Christmas tree farms plant new seedlings every time to grow trees... Read More

Real Trees are the Fuller, Fresher, and Greener Choice for the Holidays

This weekend, Forests Ontario returns to the Distillery Historic District for the 2016 Toronto Christmas Market. We’re proud to once again be the official vendor of real, locally grown trees and wreaths provided by our good friends at Somerville Nurseries. We’ll have sizes ranging from mini “condo trees” to towering nine-footers, all embodying the beauty... Read More