Once again as we approach a new year it is important to bring attention to the people who comprise the Hastings Stewardship Council. Without the dedicated efforts of the council members we would be unable to accomplish our mandate and it is my pleasure to thank them all sincerely for their contributions to community stewardship. In particular, I wish to thank Matt Caruana, our coordinator who helps to lead and facilitate our activities and communications throughout the year.
Our stated purpose of Hastings Stewardship Council is to “achieve and maintain, through voluntary efforts, a healthy and sustainable environment that will contribute towards the viability of agricultural and natural resources in Hastings County”. Our goal is to provide leadership to achieve these objectives by working with the many people in our communities who share our values of good land stewardship.
Through workshops, conferences and speaker events we encourage landowners and community leaders to engage in stewardship activities. The Trenton Woodlot Conference has run for over 20 years and is a premier forest event in Eastern Ontario. Our well attended Winter Speaker Series in Ivanhoe have been a wonderful opportunity to share ideas about topics ranging from local archeology and falconry to fishery, forestry and wildlife management.
Through partnership with Forest based industry groups in Bancroft and Harvest Hastings we are pleased with the “Local Wood Initiative”. This new program examines our consumption of resources and promotes ways to save energy, money and resources by cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Through this program we can offer free rural property owner visits by forestry and conservation professionals.
In partnership with municipalities each spring we offer the “Community Trees Program” where tree seedlings are offered to landowners for planting in urban or residential areas. This ongoing program can provide a great deal in terms of urban forest cover as landowners plant and care for their native tree seedlings on their own property. As well we encourage landowners to take advantage of our forest extension services, well-funded “50 Million Tree Planting Program”, and the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program to support the management of their forested properties.
We are pleased to work in partnership with many local agencies including Ontario Woodlot Association, County of Hastings and local municipalities, Conservation Authorities, Forests Ontario, Bird Studies Canada, Ministry of Natural Resources and local conservation agencies. By working together and working respectfully with landowners in Hastings County we will continue to encourage good stewardship of the lands in which we live. Thank you to all those who have supported our efforts and please continue to support our events and we look forward to another successful year!
May the Forest be with you……
Jim Pedersen, Chair Hastings Stewardship Council
Purpose of Hastings Stewardship Council
Achieve and maintain, through voluntary efforts, a healthy and sustainable environment that will contribute toward the viability of agricultural and natural resources in Hastings County.
The Council is a community based volunteer, non profit organization, which:
• Promotes dialogue and cooperation between different land user groups.
• Coordinates resources to support land stewardship projects.
• Promotes good land stewardship through education and workshops for present and future owners and users of the land.
Gareth Metcalfe- chair - engineer, woodlot owner, Quinte West
Thekla Hummel - vice chair, environmental biologist, graphic designer, landowner, Stirling
Jim Pedersen - past chairman, forestry technician, Tweed
Vicky Cusack -treasurer , human resources and financial management, Stirling
Ray Wellman - forestry, petro chemical business, Springbrook
Charles Robinson - farmer, alternative energy expert, O'Hara Mills volunteer,Madoc
Megan Bailey - professor and program coordinator St. Lawrence College, Kingston
Herman Ebbers - forest manager, Ontario Professional Forester Association, forest and wildlife technician. Stirling
Frank Forestell - agribusiness consultant.Belleville
Louise Livingstone - landscape ecologist, Society of Environmental Journalists. OFA, OWA member, Stirling
Dale Grant - executive member of Hastings County Cattlemen Association, board member of Quinte Conservation, Stirling
Ken Sinclair - civil/ structural professional engineer, landowner in Hastings County, Stirling
Danielle Valentik - Hastings County resident and real rstate agent, Belleville
Don Farrell - Quinte pork producer, Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association member and past President of OFA, Moira
Wes Welsh - forestry technician, Marmora
Matt Caruana - co-ordinator- environmental management, energy consultant, member OWA, Bonarlaw.