Report of 2018 Trenton Woodlot Conference
Dr Warren Mabee from Queen Univerisity was the key note speaker. He spoke about "Seeing the Forest for the trees: the role of woodlots in Canadian environmental strategies". He emphasized the importance of good woodlot managment and also the value of sequestering carbon by using wood in buildings and other products. He is hopeful that one day private woodlot owners will receive benefit for managing their woods in such as way as to to provide a full range of environmental benefits.
Ken Elliott and Steve d'eon from OMNRF spoke about "The importance of old growth forests in the landscape" and how you can manage your woodlot to to increase the characteristics of an old growth forest and increase the benefits for forest birds and wildlife, and increase overalll biodiversity.
Daniel Fraleigh from Carbon Zero spoke about "Carbon Offsetting", which are real and verified reductions in green house gas emissions. His company is working in the voluntary sector planting trees to offset emissions from corporations.
Peter Roberts, OMAFRA, discussed the "Benefits of wind breaks and shelter belts" such as reducing soils erosion, increasing crop yields, providing wildlife habitat and linkages, cutting energy costs and providing additonal on-farm sources of income.
Dan Baker, RPF from Bauman Sawmill, spoke of the importance of defining your boundaries, marking the trees to be cut, the pros and cons of doing it yourself and the value of timber. He described what a welll-managed woodlot should look like after harvesting, and also problems like the Emerald Ash Borer.
Vanessa Chambone, in the Biodiversity and Monitoring Section of the Ontario Provincial Forest Health Program gave a comprehensive presentation about forest health distrubances in 2017.