Forests Ontario


A Healthy Dose of Green

A Healthy Dose of Green

Our health and well-being are intricately interconnected with the health of our natural environment. Trees and forests are integral components of healthy ecosystems that support healthy human populations. Forests and green spaces have also been linked to a significant decline in stress, improved rehabilitation, faster hospital recovery rates, and a decrease in the severity of symptoms in attention deficit disorders. By highlighting the links between human health and the health of rural and urban forests, Forests Ontario (formerly Trees Ontario) hopes to increase support for tree planting initiatives and stimulate collaborative action to significantly enhance and restore forest cover across Ontario.

Ice Storm Damage: Landowner Woodlot Handbook

Ice Storm Damage: Landowner Woodlot Handbook

Maintenance of forests following ice storm events.

Ice Storm Damage: Homeowner’s Guide

Ice Storm Damage: Homeowner’s Guide

Maintaining your trees following ice storms and how to prevent future damage.

Alternative Approaches to Afforestation

Alternative Approaches to Afforestation

This discussion paper assembles information related to both conventional afforestation and more recently applied afforestation approaches having an ecological restoration focus, and to organize it in a format that will facilitate considerations related to methodologies, expected short-term and long-term results and relevant costs.

Forest Conservation Bylaws in Ontario

Published by LandOwner Resource Centre

Forest conservation by-laws have traditionally been referred to as tree cutting by-laws and have existed in Ontario for over 50 years. They are intended to prevent the over harvesting of forests. Some by-laws also promote sustainable forestry practices. They also recognize landowners’ rights to make decisions regarding the management of their forests. There is also the hope that the existence of a by-law will encourage the landowner to seek the assistance of professionals to guide them in sustainably managing their forest for financial and ecological benefits. This would include the practice of marking the trees prior to cutting by a logger.

Stewardship planning for natural areas

Published by The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Land stewardship means caring for our land, air and water and sustaining the natural processes on which life depends. Good land stewards know their actions affect the quality and health of plants, animals, air, land and water. What you do with your land today has an impact on your family, neighbours, and future generations. This guide will help you become a knowledgeable steward of the land. By taking care of the land now, you can help ensure that your property remains healthy into the future. It’s up to you!

Building a Case for Good Forest Management

Terry Schwan R.P.F., Al Mussell, and Steve Bowers R.P.F.

A series of case studies were developed to profile examples of responsible long term forest management in southern Ontario. Eight landowners were interviewed to gather their financial and forest information and to summarize the history of activities on their properties.

Useful Links

Sawmill Sid

Give fallen trees a new life

Sawmill Sid specializes in portable sawmilling and wood repurposing solutions. In light of extreme weather events and invasive species such as the Emerald Ash Borer, urban wood waste has become a major challenge. Without the means to recycle wood from dead trees, a significant portion of wood is destined for landfills. By providing portable sawmilling services, Sawmill Sid provides an alternative that allows fallen trees to be given new life as useful products.

The wood recovered from these trees is used in the production of a multitude of products, including flooring, furniture, fire place mantels, and homes. Wood is also provided to schools and community groups for building projects.

Emerald Ash Borer is here, what do I do?

Invasive Insects in Canadian Forests

Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) or EAB, native to Asia, is a woodboring beetle that arrived here accidentally in solid wood packaging material. It attacks ash (Fraxinus) tree species and is a highly effective tree-killer in North America. It has already killed millions of ash trees since it was first detected in Canada in 2002, and is expected to kill billions more.

Forest Services Directory

Maintained by the Ontario Woodlot Association

The Forest Services Directory is the woodlot owner’s one-stop shop to locate a forestry professional or forest service provider in Ontario. You can search for information on services provided by forest consultants, tree markers, loggers, tree nurseries, saw mills, forest health technicians and other forest-related services and specialists.

Extension Notes

Fact sheets to help you manage the forest

A massive library of resources provided by the Government of Ontario covering a range of forestry and wildlife topics.