Trenton Woodlot Conference 2017 28th Annual

Valuing The Woodlot

Hosted by Hastings Stewardship Council and Partners

November 24, 2017

Batawa Community Centre, Batawa, ONTario


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Keynote Address 

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: The Role of Woodlots in Ontario Environmental Strategies

Dr. Warren Mabee, Director of Queen’s University, Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy / Canada Research Chair

Woodlots can be a great source of firewood and an asset for any landowner.  How do woodlots contribute to meeting some of the bigger environmental challenges that we as Canadians are facing?  Dr. Mabee will explore the role of woodlots in carbon sequestration, maintaining biodiversity, managing surface and groundwater, and meeting recreational needs

Accelerating Old-Growth Features in your Tolerant Hardwood Stand

Steve D’Eon, RPF and Ken Elliot, RPF

 Old-Growth stands are few and far between with less than 1% of the original forest remaining as scattered remnants.  Join professional foresters Steve D’Eon and Ken Elliot on a tour of Ontario's rare, tolerant hardwood old-growth sites dominated by towering maple, beech, and eastern hemlocks.  Steve and Ken will explain the old-growth features and habitats that make these stands special such as very large trees, down woody debris, vertical and horizontal complexity, and standing dead trees.  Finally they will provide some methods you can incorporate when you manage your woodlot to accelerate the creation of old-growth features nudging your stands toward old-growth status. 


Demonstration of Portable Saw Mill and many exhibitors

Option 1-Afternoon Field Trip

The Working Family Woodlot - Gareth Metcalfe property

Join us as we walk through a 72 acre working family woodlot joined by the owner Gareth Metcalfe and forestry professionals David Smallwood and Jim Pedersen who will walk us through recreational trail building, woodlot management, managing your woodlot for maple syrup and firewood, and tree identification on this hilly diverse woodlot....11 minutes away from the Batawa Community Centre.

OPtions 2-Afternoon Indoors Sessions

MNRF Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program outlined. Robert Spence, RPF MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has a variety of incentive and granting programs available to landowners which are designed to encourage responsible stewardship and raise awareness.

MNRF will provide an overview on the; Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program,Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program,50 Million Tree Program‎,

Land Stewardship Habitat and Restoration Program, Species at Risk Stewardship Fund‎.

Shelterbelts and Windbreaks: Benefits. Peter Roberts, OMAFRA   

How Windbreaks Work – The “Windbreak Effect”  Windbreak  Beneficial Affects:   Reducing Soil Erosion, Increasing Crop Yields,

 Other Factors,  Types and Benefits of Windbreaks, Development of an on-line windbreak design tool,    Windbreak Design Factors,  Windbreak  Maintenance

Woodlot Management. Dan Baker, RPF Steamridge (Bauman Sawmill): Why to consider harvesting. Basics of tree marking. Types of harvesting equipment. Timber value. Selecting a Logger.

Forest Health Update on Insects and Diseases in this Area. Vanessa Chambone, Terrestrial Monitoring Technician OMNRF. Presentation will provide an overview of the provincial forest health monitoring results from the 2017 season, with the focus on major forest insect and disease disturbances and invasive species projects.


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