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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 100-acre parcel 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... Read More

From Marginal Farmland to a Vibrant Forest

From Marginal Farmland to a Vibrant Forest

Artists Meg and Maury Breslow Recognized as Green Leaders for Transforming the Landscape

Seeley’s Bay, Ont., October 25, 2016 – From their country-side home near Kingston, Ontario, artists Meg and Maury Breslow overlook their legacy – where there was once marginal farmland, thousands of trees grow tall on their 18-acre parcel of land that is flourishing into a verdant forest. Maury first purchased the property in 1975, after... Read More

Soggy Grazing Land Put Back to Use

Soggy Grazing Land Put Back to Use

Green Leaders Ray and Marlene Beauregard make tree planting a lifestyle

South Stormont Township, Ont., March 29, 2016 – Ray and Marlene Beauregard may have officially retired years ago, but that doesn’t stop the couple from keeping busy. On their 63-acre homestead in idyllic Stormont Township, the two are hard at work. Ray can be found in the fields, tending his newly planted trees, while Marlene... Read More

Golf Course Planting Hits a Hole in One

Golf Course Planting Hits a Hole in One

Green Leader Brad Bunkowsky of Burlington Spring Golf & Country Club improves his long game

Burlington, Ont., February 29, 2016 – It’s early dawn and Brad Bunkowsky, Forests Ontario’s newest Green Leader, is already up and ready for the early bird golfers at his family-owned golf course in Burlington. The course, Burlington Springs Golf & Country Club is a family legacy. After Brad’s father acquired the two adjacent plots of... Read More