Forests Ontario

Tomorrow’s Forests

Tomorrow’s Forests

Tree Planting & Maintenance Resources

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.

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A Healthy Dose of Green

A Healthy Dose of Green

Tree Planting & Maintenance Resources

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

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Maintenance of forests following ice storm events.

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Ice Storm Damage: Homeowner’s Guide

Ice Storm Damage: Homeowner’s Guide

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

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Alternative Approaches to Afforestation

Alternative Approaches to Afforestation

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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.

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Forest Conservation Bylaws in Ontario

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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

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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!

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Building a Case for Good Forest Management

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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.