Local Wood Initiative


The Local Wood Initiative is all about People, Forests and Homes, and how they fit together. This new program examines our consumption of resources and promotes ways to save energy, money and the earth by cutting our green house gas emissions.  It  is a multi-dimensional project that pools many resources in the county. The goal is to create a healthier local economy and a healthier environment. All residents of Hastings County will benefit: from students of all ages to landowners and local producers.

Rural Property Owner Visits

The initiative  helps rural property owners improve the energy efficiency of their homes, explore sources of renewable energy, and find ways to manage their woodlots and farmland more sustainably. Ask for a free visit from our professionals.

Alternatives for land use, such as firewood, maple syrup or selective logging can pay dividends to the landowner and increase the efficiency of the land use in terms of storing carbon. Connecting suppliers with markets will boost our local economy on many levels.


The local wood website is your guide to wood in Hastings County helping you to find out where to buy local wood and where to meet the people who work with wood.


Forestry Day for Grades Seven and Eight is on May 29, 2015, at O'Hara Mill Homestead, Madoc. Nature Connects is for younger students with classroom and outside activities. For more information please contact Virginia deCarle virginiadecarle2014@gmail.com (613) 334-7547


Several groups have joined forces to raise awareness about the importance of woodlands and the forestry industry in Hastings County. They are the Bancroft  and Area Forestry Industry Association (BAFIA), Harvest Hastings, the County of Hastings,  Hastings Stewardship Council, Bancroft Stewardship Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Community Futures for North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin.


Matt Caruana, certified energy advisor, info@hastingsstewardship.ca  (613) 395-1166

Louise Livingstone, landscape ecologist, info@harvesthastings.ca (613) 395-4388

North Hastings Virginia deCarle, forestry technician: virginiadecarle2014@gmail.com (613) 334-7547