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Music to our Firs

Music to our Firs

Posted: June 21, 2017

by Lana MacInnes Photos courtesy of Rafael Correa Famed architect, interior designer, and educator Frank Lloyd Wright always had the same advice for his students: “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” This is a shared perspective amongst many respected designers and builders, for whom nature is a source of... Read More

Tree the North!

Tree the North!

Posted: June 13, 2017

This spring, I had the privilege of travelling to Ontario’s north, and we aren’t talking just a quick drive a couple of hours long, but approximately 1,800 km north of Toronto.  The journey began at Billy Bishop Airport, where I flew to Thunder Bay and then made the 3 hour trek to Dryden. After working in... Read More

Hopes as High as the Tallest Tree

Posted: June 6, 2017

by Kaitlyn and Lauren Grierson, Founders of TreesCO2 and Ambassadors of the Green Leaf Challenge    As ambassadors of the Ontario Green Leaf Challenge, we happily encourage Ontario citizens to plant a tree in honour of Ontario’s and Canada’s 150th birthday. Our favourite trees to plant are Ontario’s provincial tree, the eastern white pine and Canada’s... Read More

Muddy Knees & Happy Trees: My Experience at the York Tree Plant

Posted: May 16, 2017

by M.J. Kettleborough Last Saturday I woke up at five a.m; a great feat for someone like myself. I stumbled out of bed, put on my Forests Ontario tee-shirt, and sucked back what was probably an unhealthy amount of coffee before setting out for my first ever tree planting experience. It took just over an... Read More

AET Walks the Walk

AET Walks the Walk

Posted: May 15, 2017

by Steffie Wong AET has delivered more than a thousand projects across Canada ranging from green design solutions to environmental audits and monitoring. Working with organizations across diverse industries to create solutions that not only meet the needs of clients but enrich surrounding communities. Sustainability is not just the core of AET’s work, but a... Read More

How nature nurtures the mind of a child

Posted: May 11, 2017

When it comes to mental health, it’s not a matter of nature vs. nurture. Rather, nature itself nurtures.  Tara Zupancic, Director at Habitus Research, recently published a guest post on Fresh From the Greenbelt highlighting the role of nature in nurturing positive mental health outcomes among children. Zupancic writes: The ability of nature to shift a... Read More

Ontario Professional Foresters Association 60th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting

Posted: May 8, 2017

When: Tuesday May 16 – Thursday May 18, 2017 Where: The Delta Hotel & Conference Centre (50 Stone Rd. W., Guelph, ON) More details and registration here. This year’s conference celebrates the Ontario Professional Foresters Association at 60: Foresters in Changing Climates. The three-day conference will examine the role of business, governments, and forest professionals... Read More

Locally Grown Trees: Order now and take the Challenge!

Locally Grown Trees: Order now and take the Challenge!

Posted: May 2, 2017

Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge invites everyone in Ontario to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary by planting three million trees in 2017. There are lots of ways to take part. You can participate in community planting events, plant your own trees and add them to the online counter, or donate to support tree planting across the province.... Read More

Only Trained & Knowledgeable Professionals Can START Forest Fires

Only Trained & Knowledgeable Professionals Can START Forest Fires

Posted: April 26, 2017

Fire: helpful or harmful?  In some cases, it is indeed harmful, but in the case of prescribed burns, fire is viewed as helpful. On April 18th, 2017 a predetermined portion of High Park was deliberately burned. You might be thinking, “Why would someone go ahead and do that?” High Park is a rich ecosystem composed... Read More

Heritage Trees: An Evaluator’s Perspective

Posted: April 13, 2017

by John Barker This year, Forests Ontario invites you to celebrate our province’s 150th anniversary by celebrating the unique and storied trees across our communities. The Ontario Heritage Tree Program recognizes and celebrates trees across the province with special cultural or historic significance. If you’d like to help tell the story of Ontario’s forests, including... Read More