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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

Planting a Climate Change Solution with 1,000 Trees for Every Global Youth

Planting a Climate Change Solution with 1,000 Trees for Every Global Youth

Posted: September 16, 2019

By Kaitlin, Lauren and David Grierson and Cathy Matthews In October 2018, leaders of the United Nations’ environment, development, and agriculture departments issued a joint statement declaring that: “Forests are a major, requisite front of action in the global fight against catastrophic climate change – thanks to their unparalleled capacity to absorb and store carbon. Stopping deforestation... Read More

Faces of Forests Ontario: Alanna Evans

Faces of Forests Ontario: Alanna Evans

Posted: September 12, 2019

Favourite Tree: White Spruce Position: Event Coordinator Joining our team this Fall is Alanna Evans, our new Events Coordinator.  Alanna is going to be taking over the management and organization of all of Forests Ontario’s events throughout the year – from Christmas Market to conference to Community Tree Plants and beyond!  She is incredibly excited... Read More

Nature-based Solutions for Reducing Flood Risk

Nature-based Solutions for Reducing Flood Risk

Posted: September 10, 2019

It is time to wake up to some harsh realities.  Climate change is here and we are experiencing its wrath in many ways, including drought, heat-waves, fires and, most acutely, extreme flood events. The agony of loss has been captured many times over in the media coverage of this year’s floods in Ottawa, Gatineau, Bracebridge... Read More