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Russell County Councillor Recognized for Environmental Good Deeds

Russell County Councillor Recognized for Environmental Good Deeds

Green Leader Reforests Property and Donates Land for a Park in Embrun

Ottawa, ON (March 14, 2019) – I met André Brisson in the bustling lobby of a hotel in Toronto’s Chinatown district. The Russell County Councillor joked with me about the notorious city traffic. He’d come for the Royal Winter Fair, where his daughters were showing calves. André comes from a long line of dairy farmers.... Read More

Port Hope Green Leaders Honour the Past by Planting for the Future

Port Hope Green Leaders Honour the Past by Planting for the Future

Art and Donna Marvin Granted ‘Green Leader’ Status by Forests Ontario

Port Hope residents Art and Donna Marvin have recently been named Forests Ontario’s newest ‘Green Leaders.’ Dedicated to the continued enrichment of their beloved family farm, the couple reforested their 100-acre property, planting 11,000 trees over a two year period. The farm, aptly named Marvindale, is the cornerstone of the Marvins’ legacy. “This farm has... Read More

A Teacher Marked by the Wild

A Teacher Marked by the Wild

Green Leader Plants 8,000 Trees on King City School Grounds

Andrew MacMillan, an outdoor education teacher at King City’s Country Day School, facilitated the planting of more than 8,000 trees on the school’s property earlier this year. The planting was done through the Government of Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program, which is run by non-profit organization Forests Ontario. Forests Ontario has recognized MacMillan as their... Read More

Local Man Honoured for Tree Planting

Local Man Honoured for Tree Planting

Ed Barden Announced as Forests Ontario’s Newest Green Leader

GUELPH, ON (July 31, 2018) – Forests Ontario’s newest Green Leader, Ed Barden, retired in 2001 – but you’d never guess that whilst watching him tend to his woodlot. This Hillsburgh resident keeps himself busy planting, watering and pruning. Ed doesn’t know where his love of trees and forests stems from, but they’ve been his... Read More

Dryden Woman Revisits Her Roots through Tree Planting

Dryden Woman Revisits Her Roots through Tree Planting

Forests Ontario Green Leader, Wanda Mitchell, plants 15,000 trees with 50 Million Tree Program

DRYDEN, ON (March 6, 2018) – Wanda Mitchell was always involved with woodlands in one way or another. While she was growing up, she would occasionally accompany her father, a logger, to work on Hartman Township’s Turkey Trail wood lots. Wanda was fascinated by the logging crew, and the horses (which were still used at... Read More

Professional Pilot Helps Government of Ontario’s Tree Planting Program Soar toward 50 Million Goal

Professional Pilot Helps Government of Ontario’s Tree Planting Program Soar toward 50 Million Goal

Local man awarded Green Leader status by Forests Ontario

AMARANTH, ON (March 2, 2018) – Local pilot, Jeff Roney, is Forests Ontario’s newest Green Leader, nominated for his work with the government of Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP). He and his wife, Samantha Campbell, a nurse practitioner, planted more than 2,000 trees through the program. Jeff is not only a pilot but... Read More

Trees Breathe New Life into Farmer’s Land – And Second Career

Trees Breathe New Life into Farmer’s Land – And Second Career

Trent Massey recognized as a Green Leader after planting new forest

Trent Massey was a farmer raising cows, chickens, pigs and goats in Echo Bay, Ontario—home of The Big Loonie. But when he had to pack the business in and sell his livestock, he and his wife were left wondering what to do with their sprawling 30 acres of land.    When Trent was introduced to Forests... Read More

Toronto to Manitoulin: The Path to Planting

Toronto to Manitoulin: The Path to Planting

Susan Snelling and Barb Erskine recognized as Forests Ontario Green Leaders for their commitment to tree planting

Manitoulin Island, Ontario, October 4, 2017 – In 2003, Susan Snelling and Barb Erskine packed their belongings and left fast-paced Toronto for the idyllic serenity of Manitoulin Island. The move north was prompted by an employment offer that Barb, a psychologist, received from a First Nations health centre; Susan, her partner, a researcher in the... Read More

Trees for the Bees

Trees for the Bees

Karin Tomosky recognized as a Forests Ontario Green Leader for her commitment to building pollinator habitat

In 2011, Karin Tomosky returned to the Milton-area property where she grew up. The land has a rich history; it was granted heritage status after Karin’s mother found arrowheads dating back to when the Attawandarons, a First Nations community, lived in the area. Karin’s goals were twofold: preserve the land and help the environment. She... Read More

Local Couple is Passionate About Trees and the Great Outdoors

Local Couple is Passionate About Trees and the Great Outdoors

Award recognizes Bud and Jill Guertin as Green Leaders for land stewardship

Brighton, Ontario, February 22, 2017 – Bud and Jill Guertin have many stories to share about acquiring and tending their 240-acres of land in Brighton, Ontario. Although neither grew up on a farm, they purchased the land in 1960 and quickly became self-taught farmers. Bud and Jill first met in the summer of 1957 in... Read More