Forests Ontario

Disaster Mitigation and Insurance: The Role of Forests in Mitigating Extreme Weather Events

Disaster Mitigation and Insurance: The Role of Forests in Mitigating Extreme Weather Events

Reports

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

The Economic Value of Tree Planting in Southern Ontario

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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.

Kawartha Conservation

Partners

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.

Services
Planting Delivery Agent, Planting Information, Tree Nursery
Email
HShipclark@KawarthaConservation.com
Phone
705-328-2271
Website
www.KawarthaConservation.com
    Tomorrow’s Forests

    Tomorrow’s Forests

    Reports

    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

    Partners

    Services
    Planting Delivery Agent, Planting Services
    Email
    lennoxlanding@gmail.com
    Phone
    519-373-4429

      Arbor Day Foundation- Community Tree Recovery

      Partners

      This is the mission statement of the Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation and education organization.
      Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.
      The impact we make on our world is accomplished through our conservation and education programs.

      Services
      Planting Delivery Agent, Planting Information, Planting Services
      Phone
      1-888-448-7337

        R.O.W. Brush Control Inc

        Partners

        Services
        Planting Delivery Agent, Planting Services

          B Sweet Honey Nature Co.

          Partners

          Growing native and Carolinian trees from local seed.Specializing also in larval butterfly plants.

          Services
          Tree Nursery
          Email
          rm.robertson@xplornet.ca
          Phone
          519-763-0370
          Website
          www.puslinchnaturallynativetrees.ca

            Eleanor Reed

            Partners

            Services
            Planting Delivery Agent, Planting Services
            Email
            eleanorreed@xplornet.com
            Phone
            705-328-4584

              Eccles Forestry Ltd.

              Partners

              Private forestry consulting agency, with over 30 years experience in southern Ontario. We specialize in forest management and tree planting.

              We have two machine planters that we operate seasonally.

              Services
              Planting Delivery Agent, Planting Information, Planting Services
              Email
              ecclesforestry@bell.net
              Phone
              519-270-2938
              Website
              www.ecclesforestry.com