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The Dirt on Forest Therapy

The Dirt on Forest Therapy

Posted: January 10, 2019

Wind whispering through leaves; subtle scents of cedar; sun spilling through a forest canopy. Many of us are innately drawn to nature, finding solace in its restorative powers. Recently, science has begun to support what so many of us have suspected: Time in nature is good for us! One way to reap the physical and... Read More

A Place to Learn, A Place to Grow

A Place to Learn, A Place to Grow

Posted: January 8, 2019

I’m a 21 year-old student from The Netherlands. I study international business administration and I’m currently an intern at Forests Ontario to learn more about the importance of trees, to discover Canadian culture, and to experience what it’s like to work in a different part of the world. I’m a huge car geek and I... Read More

Faces of Forests Ontario: Ruth Hall

Faces of Forests Ontario: Ruth Hall

Posted: January 4, 2019

Name: Ruth Hall Position: Office Administrator Favourite Tree: Poplar A big hat’s off to Ruth Hall, the woman who keeps the Forests Ontario office running like a well-oiled machine! Ruth has been with us now for three months, though she previously held the Office Administrator position with Trees Ontario (the former incarnation of Forests Ontario)... Read More

Faces of Forests Ontario: Joris Effing

Faces of Forests Ontario: Joris Effing

Posted: December 18, 2018

Name: Joris Effing Position: Intern Favourite Tree: Japanese maple Joining us all the way from The Netherlands is Joris Effing! Joris is completing a ten week, full-time placement with Forests Ontario as part of the requirements of his undergraduate degree. When not working on his research paper on the impact of government incentives on forest... Read More

Six Year Old Isla Smith Celebrates her Love of Trees for Sixth Birthday

Posted: December 6, 2018

Fraser Smith is one of Forests Ontario’s planting partners and Field Advisors as well as the owner of F Smith Consulting.  To celebrate daughter Isla’s sixth birthday this year, the family held a 5 and 5 party. The idea is simple: guests bring $5 that goes toward a gift and another $5 that goes to... Read More

Natural Connections

Natural Connections

Posted: December 5, 2018

Join us for our Annual Conference on February 8th in Alliston, ON! This year’s theme is Natural Connections, where we will be exploring our relationship with Ontario’s forests. Registration is now open with early bird rates available until December 31st.    For those of us that work in, own, or manage a forest, the many... Read More

Faces of Forests Ontario: Jeannette Holder

Faces of Forests Ontario: Jeannette Holder

Posted: November 22, 2018

Name: Jeannette Holder Position: Communications Manager Favourite Tree: Catalpa Jeannette Holder has been amplifying the voice of Forests Ontario since she started as the Communications Manager in November 2015. Overseeing the communications which support all of Forests Ontario’s programs keeps Jeannette busy, from meeting with program managers, to coordinating her team’s workload, to designing communications... Read More

10 Reasons to Buy a Real Tree This Holiday Season

10 Reasons to Buy a Real Tree This Holiday Season

Posted: November 12, 2018

Catch Forests Ontario at the Toronto Christmas Market from November 30-December 2nd and from December 7th-9th selling real, locally grown trees and wreaths from Somerville Nurseries. Visit us near the ticket booth to pick up your tree for the holidays. All proceeds support our planting programs.  While it’s true that the holidays can be hectic,... Read More

Faces of Forests Ontario: Diana Corona Castro

Faces of Forests Ontario: Diana Corona Castro

Posted: October 23, 2018

Name: Diana Corona Castro Position: Education Outreach Coordinator Favourite tree: Maple Introducing Forests Ontario’s newest staff member – Diana! Joining our education department for the next eight months, Diana will be primarily responsible for coordinating our many education and outreach programs. Her day to day work includes organizing events; leading presentations; reaching out to sponsors,... Read More

Faces of Forests Ontario: Rob Keen

Posted: September 20, 2018

Name: Rob Keen Position: CEO Favourite Tree: Sugar maple Rob has been Forests Ontario’s CEO since it was formed in 2014 by the merging of the Ontario Forestry Association and Trees Ontario. Prior to the formation of Forests Ontario, Rob worked as a consultant for Trees Ontario from 2002 until he assumed the role of... Read More