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#ItTakesAForest Videos Cover Tree Marking, Respirology, and Wooden Architecture

Posted: March 9, 2020

Forests are more than just breathtaking spaces – they provide us with many services that improve our wellbeing. Forests reduce our stress, improve learning outcomes, and lower the likelihood of asthma in children. On an environmental level, Ontario’s forests are some of the most sustainably managed in the world. Wood requires less energy during its manufacture and produces less pollution than other common building materials.

Forests Ontario’s It Takes a Forest (ITAF) awareness initiative provides the public with unbiased, fact-based information about Ontario’s forests and forestry sector. We created a series of ITAF videos that cover topics like tree marking, forestry education, the relationship between forests and respiratory health, and how wood products are used in architecture.

#ItTakesAForest… to sustain life

In this video, Virginia deCarle explains her responsibilities as a professional tree marker. Her job involves navigating through Bancroft-area forests and marking trees with paint to indicate which ones can be harvested. Virginia also works as a forest educator – she teaches children about the importance of sustainable forestry practices and what actions individuals can take to help to ensure healthy forests.

#ItTakesAForest… to have a healthy world

Dr. Bob Hyland – a retired physician, professor and current Forests Ontario board member – walks us through some of the health benefits of forests. Specializing in respirology, Dr. Hyland describes the main service trees provide to ensure healthy lungs: not only do they produce oxygen, they also remove hazardous chemicals from the air caused by human activity. He explains that people living in highly-polluted urban areas with less trees have higher rates of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In light of these important health considerations, Dr. Hyland encourages us to preserve our forests for the good of future generations.

#ItTakesAForest… to build a community

This video features architect and University of Toronto professor Brigitte Shim. Brigitte explains how wooden architecture can help connect people to the spaces they inhabit. Brigitte says she loves the “human quality of wood.”. Brigitte also covers the importance of Canada’s sustainable forestry practices to architectural projects, saying that using wood from local sources supports those local industries and forests.