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Only Trained & Knowledgeable Professionals Can START Forest Fires

Only Trained & Knowledgeable Professionals Can START Forest Fires

Posted: April 26, 2017

Fire: helpful or harmful?  In some cases, it is indeed harmful, but in the case of prescribed burns, fire is viewed as helpful. On April 18th, 2017 a predetermined portion of High Park was deliberately burned. You might be thinking, “Why would someone go ahead and do that?” High Park is a rich ecosystem composed... Read More

Heritage Trees: An Evaluator’s Perspective

Posted: April 13, 2017

by John Barker This year, Forests Ontario invites you to celebrate our province’s 150th anniversary by celebrating the unique and storied trees across our communities. The Ontario Heritage Tree Program recognizes and celebrates trees across the province with special cultural or historic significance. If you’d like to help tell the story of Ontario’s forests, including... Read More

Get Your Trees Today and Join the Green Leaf Challenge

Get Your Trees Today and Join the Green Leaf Challenge

Posted: April 11, 2017

The Green Leaf Challenge is an initiative of Forests Ontario and the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, we’re inviting Ontarians to join together to plant three million trees across the province. There are many different ways to participate in the GLC. You can participate in a community tree... Read More

Planting for Pollinators

Posted: April 6, 2017

Choose the pollinator: A) An ant climbing a sugar maple B) A bee landing on a sunflower C) A bat hanging from an American Basswood D) All of the above If you chose ‘D’ you were absolutely correct! Although bees are most commonly associated with plant pollination, Ontario’s pollinators also include wasps, ants, flies, butterflies,... Read More

Ferguson Tree Nursery

Posted: April 5, 2017

The Green Leaf Challenge is an initiative of Forests Ontario and the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, we’re inviting Ontarians to join together to plant three million trees across the province. There are many different ways to participate in the GLC. You can participate in a community tree... Read More

Notice of upcoming Level 1 and Level 2 Tree Marking Courses, 2017

Posted: April 4, 2017

Two Level 1 Tree Marking Courses are scheduled for this year.  The first course is scheduled for May 29-June 2, 2017 and the second course will be held September 11-15, 2017 with both courses taking place in Huntsville, Ontario. Each course has a maximum of 24 participants so we will be able to offer a spot in the courses to... Read More

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

Posted: March 3, 2017

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

Posted: March 2, 2017

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

Posted: March 2, 2017

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

Posted: February 24, 2017

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