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Registration Open for OPFA’s Annual Conference

Posted: March 4, 2020

NOTE: The OPFA’s Conference has been postponed (due to the unfolding events in Canada and recommendations from Health Canada. 

The Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) is hosting their annual conference in Alliston from April 7th to 9th. This is the first time that the historic conference will be held in Simcoe County.

“As a proud, long-standing member of the OPFA, it’s a great pleasure for me to help organize the association’s 63rd annual conference,” said Graeme Davis, Registered Professional Forester and the OPFA Conference Committee Chair. “This year’s theme is Our Roots – Our Future, which we think is a perfect fit for Simcoe County, given its long history of restoration and sustainable forest management.”

“The overall discussion is going to cover the impacts of climate change and the consideration of forest management with respect to climate change,” Davis explained.

The conference will feature a talk by John Yakabuski, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, who administers the Professional Foresters Act that governs forestry in Ontario.

Other speakers will include Dave Hayhurst (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry), Dan McKenney (Natural Resources Canada), Barb Boysen (Forest Gene Conservation Association), Derek Nighbor (Forest Products Association of Canada), John Pineau (FP Innovations) and Forests Ontario’s CEO, Rob Keen. Keen will take the stage on the morning of April 9th to speak about afforestation on a fragmented landscape.

Davis anticipates a varied group of attendees this year, including forestry students, professional foresters, and government representatives.

The conference will also feature two field tours: an urban forestry tour and a forest management tour in Simcoe County.

For the uninitiated, the OPFA is responsible for regulating the practice of professional forestry in Ontario. Professional foresters are responsible for looking after forests and making forest management decisions, such as when to harvest and reforest areas. Foresters also ensure the protection of forest values like fish, wildlife and water.

Those who book by March 15th will be eligible for ‘early bird’ pricing. For more information, or to register for the conference, please click here.