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Plan in the fall, plant trees in the spring – now is the time to advance a Canada-wide tree planting strategy.

Plan in the fall, plant trees in the spring – now is the time to advance a Canada-wide tree planting strategy.

Posted: September 16, 2020

Opinion Piece by Rob Keen, Registered Professional Forester and CEO of Forests Ontario and Forest Recovery Canada (September 2020) As Canadians, we need to ask ourselves this question – how do we build upon and deploy large-scale tree planting efforts such as the Two Billion Tree Program envisioned by Prime Minster Trudeau? We are not... Read More

Outdoorsy From the Get-Go: Envirothon revealed Christine Leduc’s career path

Outdoorsy From the Get-Go: Envirothon revealed Christine Leduc’s career path

Posted: September 1, 2020

By Augusta Lipscombe Ontario Envirothon helps prepare students for post-secondary education and careers in the environmental sciences, in addition to refining interpersonal and teamwork skills. Christine Leduc became an Envirothon regional champion in 2005, representing Elmwood School in Ottawa. Fifteen years later, she’s part of a leading Canadian forest products company. What is your current... Read More

Faces of Forests Ontario: Hayley Murray

Faces of Forests Ontario: Hayley Murray

Posted: August 31, 2020

Favourite Tree: Sugar Maple Favourite Animal: Dogs Please join us in welcoming Hayley Murray to the Forests Ontario team! As our new Forestry Operations Coordinator, Hayley’s duties include administrative tasks for our 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP), such as coordinating with planting delivery agents, reviewing site plans, answering landowner inquiries, and working with our... Read More

Careers in Forest Health: Ernie Demuth Explains the Value of Tree Marker Training

Careers in Forest Health: Ernie Demuth Explains the Value of Tree Marker Training

Posted: August 13, 2020

By: Noah Page Forests Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) offer three levels of tree marking certificate courses. As detailed in our previous article, a tree marking certificate can benefit anyone looking to find employment in the central or southern Ontario forest sector. We spoke with Ernie Demuth, Registered Professional Forester, about how... Read More

Man Celebrates 100th Birthday with Donation to Plant Trees

Man Celebrates 100th Birthday with Donation to Plant Trees

Posted: August 10, 2020

Canada’s newest Centenarian, Fred Mogelin, celebrated his 100th birthday on August 10th. From June until his milestone birthday, Fred walked 800 metres-a-day, seven days a week, to raise funds for Forests Ontario – a non-profit charity dedicated to tree planting, forest education and awareness. His efforts culminated in a donation of $5,000. “Fred’s passion for... Read More

Age-Class Distribution of Forest Sector Workforce Raises Concerns

Age-Class Distribution of Forest Sector Workforce Raises Concerns

Posted: August 10, 2020

By Augusta Lipscombe Allan Foley grew up shadowing his forester father through the woods of Parry Sound. His heroes played on the Canadian television series The Forest Rangers. Foley and all his friends knew what they wanted to be. “In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Unit Forester with the Ministry of Natural Resources was the job,”... Read More

Faces of Forests Ontario: Shaun Devlin

Faces of Forests Ontario: Shaun Devlin

Posted: August 6, 2020

Favourite tree – Butternut (look out for the ‘monkey face’ left behind by leaf scars!) Favourite Ontario wildlife – Black Bear Joining the Forests Ontario team this summer is Shaun Devlin, one of two new Planting and Habitat Quality Assessors! In this role, Shaun coordinates visits with landowners, travels to 50 Million Tree Program planting sites across... Read More

On the Eve of His 100th Birthday, Barrie Man Walks to Raise Funds for a Green Future

On the Eve of His 100th Birthday, Barrie Man Walks to Raise Funds for a Green Future

Posted: July 27, 2020

By Noah Page In June, Fred Mogelin began walking 800 meters-a-day, seven days a week, to raise money for Forests Ontario. Mogelin, a resident of the Simcoe Terrace Retirement Home in Barrie, will celebrate his 100th birthday on August 10th. To commemorate the occasion, he’s determined to help improve forest health and support Forests Ontario’s... Read More

Our Forest, Summer 2020

Our Forest, Summer 2020

Posted: July 21, 2020

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Bringing Nature to the Great Indoors: The Ontario Envirothon Goes Digital

Bringing Nature to the Great Indoors: The Ontario Envirothon Goes Digital

Posted: July 13, 2020

By Noah Page Is it possible to move an environmental education program with hands-on components to a fully online setting? That’s the question that the pandemic imposed on Forests Ontario’s education staff. While afforestation may be our forte, we also work hard to raise awareness about the importance of forests and educate youth about natural... Read More