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Toronto Christmas Market kicks off the holiday season  with a flare of fir – a Balsam Fir tree to be exact!

Toronto Christmas Market kicks off the holiday season with a flare of fir – a Balsam Fir tree to be exact!

Posted: November 12, 2019

Last Monday, in front of onlookers and Distillery District residents, the Toronto Christmas Market successfully installed its famed 50-foot Christmas tree, elevating the tree in the heart of the District. Donated by Forests Ontario and the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association and traveling from Bancroft, Ontario, the towering Balsam Fir delighted crowds, and now stands... Read More

50 Million Tree Program Alive and Kicking

50 Million Tree Program Alive and Kicking

Posted: November 6, 2019

By MJ Kettleborough Forests Ontario has announced the relaunch of its 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP).  The 50 MTP is a large-scale tree planting program for land and property owners with the goal of increasing forest cover in Ontario. “The 50 MTP is back and more accessible than ever,” said Rob Keen, CEO of... Read More

Tree Marker Profile: Al Corlett

Tree Marker Profile: Al Corlett

Posted: October 31, 2019

Tree marking involves the careful selection of trees for harvest or retention based on tree size, health, quality, biodiversity and wildlife habitat. In short, tree markers work to create healthy forests. I had the pleasure of chatting with Al Corlett, Silviculture Specialist for Forests Ontario and Coordinator for the Ontario Tree Marker Training Program, about... Read More

Under a Forest Canopy

Under a Forest Canopy

Posted: October 24, 2019

A poem by Arborist Inspector, Tyler Sellers.   Into the trees Under the canopy Of an old-growth forest Playing hiding seeking Climbing Paper bark on birch Camouflage of a plane tree Elephant like trunks of beech Different versions of the maple leaf The change in seasons Brings a change in colour Vibrant hues of autumn... Read More

Helping Seed Fall From the Trees…. To Become a Forest.

Helping Seed Fall From the Trees…. To Become a Forest.

Posted: October 17, 2019

By Barb Boysen This is a first note in a new series about seed – a call to work together to help seed become the forests we need.  This series is about society’s assumption that forests will always be a part of the Ontario landscape – and about how that is not true. — Did... Read More

Happily Covered Head-to-Toe in Mud: The power of nature connection for our childrens’ health and happiness

Happily Covered Head-to-Toe in Mud: The power of nature connection for our childrens’ health and happiness

Posted: October 10, 2019

By Lauren Dehens Lauren Dehens grew up on a farm in Norfolk County. In the summer of 2019 she worked at Nature’s Calling Environmental Education in Simcoe, Ont., running the group’s Explorer Daycamp. She believes that through hands-on, inquiry-based learning we can deepen the connection between youth and the natural world, and that by spreading... Read More

The Hero Ontario’s Forests Deserve: Windsor resident’s petition garners nearly 100,000 signatures

The Hero Ontario’s Forests Deserve: Windsor resident’s petition garners nearly 100,000 signatures

Posted: October 4, 2019

  Close your eyes and picture the Ontarian who would start a petition to save a provincial tree-planting program. It is unlikely that your mind would conjure up Sambath Kumaar Balasubramanian Thangamani. It has been, indeed, an unlikely path that led Kumaar from his native India to a kind of cult status as the Windsor... Read More

MFTIP:  Avoid a Tax Hike When a Forest Changes Hands

MFTIP: Avoid a Tax Hike When a Forest Changes Hands

Posted: September 30, 2019

By Stephanie Prince If you’ve recently bought or acquired a forested property in Ontario, you may not be aware of whether or not the forest has been participating in the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP). MFTIP is a voluntary program designed to help landowners with the sustainable stewardship of their forests on private land... Read More

It takes a forest to fight climate change: How a made-in-Canada national tree planting strategy can help

It takes a forest to fight climate change: How a made-in-Canada national tree planting strategy can help

Posted: September 27, 2019

Good news is rare, though it seems like nearly every day for the past few weeks there have been new commitments by global leaders to fight climate change by planting huge numbers of trees. In my 38 years as a forester, I’ve never experienced enthusiasm for tree planting as powerful as what we’ve seen in... Read More

Buildings that Green the World: Beyond “net zero” with Toronto-area builder Dave de Sylva

Buildings that Green the World: Beyond “net zero” with Toronto-area builder Dave de Sylva

Posted: September 25, 2019

By Hannah Freedberg Dave de Sylva, P.Eng. and President and Founder of Howland Green Homes, has always been focused on efficiency.  He began his career in geothermal energy and eventually merged into sustainable design and construction.  De Sylva has an ever-growing passion for science and believes “when you talk to science, science talks back”.  This... Read More