Outram Tree Solutions
Outram Tree Solutions is a small partnership owned and operated by brothers Jacob and Kelly Outram. Having grown up surrounded by an intensively managed red pine plantation has given us a life time of interactive experience with afforestation. We cover everything from site prep, to planting, pruning, stand tending, and hazard tree removal. We employ 3 certified arborists including the owner, Jacob Outram, who also has a BSc in Forestry and is a Registered Professional Forester in training. Jacob teaches 3 courses at Fleming College, School of Natural Resource Sciences, in the Forestry, Arboriculture, and Environmental Management programs. His dream has always been local afforestation and reclamation of abandoned farmland, and the 50 Million Trees Program is the perfect opportunity to fulfill that dream. Our plan is to purchase nursery stock, deliver to planting sites, use a tractor to plant open areas, and hand plant rough terrain. We would sub-contract the herbicide application, but personally monitor the site for crop tree growth and competition on an appropriate schedule. We also offer spacing and pre-commercial thinning services for established plantations.
Greenhouse Academy is an innovative not for profit organization that trains youth through experiential, real world experience in the operations/management of a greenhouse tree production firm. We are passionate about educating and training today’s youth practical skills that are essential in the workplace – enhancing their employment readiness. Youth are introduced to entrepreneurship, financial literacy, team building, marketing, sales, client/employer interactions, and daily routines of successful production. Greenhouse Academy provides focus on skills applicable in the horticulture, farming, landscaping and environmental sectors – sectors with desperate shortages of skilled labour. Within our > 55,000 square foot facility, youth participate in workshops, skills training and job awareness presentations. In the process of enriching youth and teaching skills we’ve grown thousands of seedlings for reforestation projects, and hope to enter contract growing services with Forests Ontario to help sustain our educational programs.
Wildlife and Forestry Consulting
- Planting Delivery Agent, Planting Services
Disaster Mitigation and Insurance: The Role of Forests in Mitigating Extreme Weather Events
Our natural landscapes have a powerful ability to address climate change, with forests in particular playing an important role. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change, from the atmosphere and use the carbon to build their trunks, branches, and roots, releasing oxygen as a by-product. While most climate change mitigation efforts focus on reducing carbon emissions, trees actually remove carbon from the air. In addition to playing a proactive role in addressing climate change via carbon sequestration, forests also mitigate the associated impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather.
Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen was invited to speak to the role our forests play in mitigating climate change-related disasters to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on June, 2019. This briefing report was created to support the presentation, and affirms that afforestation combined with sustainable forest management is the most straightforward thing we can do to reduce the risks associated with climate change. As opposed to simply reducing our carbon emissions, these activities provide an opportunity to contribute to the net removal of carbon in our atmosphere. Tree planting specifically has the potential to significantly mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events and natural disturbances associated with climate change, most notably flooding and extreme heat.
The Economic Value of Tree Planting in Southern Ontario
Forests Ontario is dedicated to making Ontario’s forests greener through tree planting, education, and community engagement. The province of Ontario has committed to planting 50 million trees under the 50 Million Tree Program. Forests Ontario is helping to achieve this goal by engaging landowners and aiding tree planting activities. Between 2008 and 2018, Forests Ontario supported the planting of over 24 million trees covering almost 15 thousand hectares.
To demonstrate the value derived from tree planting in Southern Ontario, Forests Ontario commissioned Green Analytics to conduct an economic assessment of tree planting. This report presents the results of that assessment. There are two components to the assessment: the first focuses on the jobs and the gross domestic product (GDP) impact resulting from Forests Ontario’s tree planting activities; and the second focuses on the ecosystem services that are provided to people living near the areas that have been planted.
The Kawartha Conservation Seedling Distribution Program is available to landowners in the Kawartha Watershed who are undertaking stewardship planting projects on rural or shoreline properties. Through this program you can access tree and shrub seedlings in bulk at a reduced cost.
This paper summarizes much of the accumulated knowledge related to tree seed acquisition, seed management, identifies some of the species-specific complexities, and reviews program management strategies undertaken in Ontario and in other jurisdictions. It also attempts to forecast what will be required in the future to address universal opportunities and challenges posed by changes to climate, loss in biodiversity, species at risk, invasive species, and landscape sustainability, all from a tree seed perspective.
This information is intended to inform managers and organizations charged with maintaining and enhancing forest cover, and conducting tree seed management activities. Continued delivery of a robust seed management program will require focus on sound science, collaboration and long-term planning for the entire reforestation cycle.
Lennox Forestry Services
- Planting Delivery Agent, Planting Services