The New Ontario Woodlot Association: Initiatives and Technologies to Support Sustainable Forestry on Private Land
The Ontario Woodlot Association has recently initiated several projects that will help support sustainable forestry for woodlot owners and municipalities. Among these are forest certification, carbon, and climate change mitigation, an enhanced private lands forest inventory, and forestry cooperatives. Ben will be talking about these initiatives and the cutting-edge technologies such as LiDAR and drone photogrammetry that are being deployed to provide better information for landowners to manage their properties.
Forest Primer Consultation Kick off Program Announcement
Hot Amish Lunch: Prepared by The Miller Family of Ivanhoe
Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Dressing, Slaw, Homemade Bread, Pickles, Dessert
Homemade Donuts and coffee/tea/juice also available.
The lunch will be a “Zero Waste”
Walk in the Woods with Peter Kuitenbrouwer and Tim Trustham 1:15 - 2:30
Rain or Shine
Tick and/or Bug Repellant recommended
OWA members $25.00 + 1 guest (additional $25.00)
Non-OWA members: $40.00
Non-OWA members only require an email address to register
For more information or if you cannot register online contact:
Facebook: Quinte Woodlot Association
Speaker and Guide Biographies Quinte Chapter AGM June 3, 2023
Ben with 3D Scanner
Benjamin is the Private Lands Inventory Analyst for the Ontario Woodlot Association leading the province-wide private lands forest resource inventory. He completed his BSc (Hons), and Master of Forest Conservation at University of Toronto and is currently completing training to gain his R.P.F designation. Coming from a rural background, Ben has a strong appreciation for the value of woodlots to landowners and hopes to apply his knowledge to help landowners achieve their management objectives with long-term sustainability. Along with his enthusiasm, Ben brings a strong technical and computer skillset plus an ecological focus to the policies and practices of forest management in Ontario.
Quinte Member Spotlight:
Patrick Howe is a Registered Professional Forester living in Prince Edward County who got his start in natural resource management working for the MNR as an Ontario Ranger in Folyet Ontario. He works as a utility vegetation management professional with Hydro One's Forestry Services department. He and his team are tasked with plotting the roadmap for integrating new technologies into an operation that employs over 1,500 staff that manages over 600,000 trees on the transmission and distribution systems each year. Patrick will speak on how utilities are monitoring the condition of the utility forest and driving efficiencies in their business with remote sensing technologies and artificial intelligence.
Afternoon Walk Leaders:
Quinte chapter, OWA board member, Peter Kuitenbrouwer grew up on a forested farm in west Quebec. His career as a journalist took him to Ottawa, Mexico City, Montreal and New York.
He then worked 20 years in Toronto at the National Post. In 2017 Peter enrolled in the Master of Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto. He later qualified as a Registered Professional Forester. Peter now serves as editor of Our Forest, the magazine of Forests Ontario. He writes for newspapers and magazines, mainly on forest topics. He also writes forest management plans and manages forests. He and his family make maple syrup in their own forest in the Township of Madoc. Peter will be forestry consultant with our new Forest Primer program.
A local lad, Tim completed his BSc. (Biology & Environmental Science) at Trent University. Interested in resource management and protection, Tim continued his studies at Sir Sanford Fleming earning his Forestry Technician Diploma. He is currently working towards his designation as a Registered Professional Forester. Tim is Quinte Conservation Authority’s Conservation Forester, overseeing harvesting, Forest Certification (a huge undertaking), vacant land usage, and carbon credit offsets on 30,000 acres of QCA land. As the property we will be visiting June 3rd is one that Tim oversees, we will hear firsthand about some of its most interesting features.