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The Ontario Woodlot Association is a non-profit organization with a network of regional chapters located across the province. The OWA brings woodlot owners together to share ideas and learn about forest management. We promote sustainable forestry practices in private forests to ensure the viability of these forests for future generations.

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to find lists of forest consultants,
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Ontario Woodlot Association
22nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), Woodlot Conference, and Tour
“Growing Friends and Grand Forests”
Mark the date Friday March 20 and Saturday March 21, 2015 on your calendar and plan to attend the Ontario Woodlot Association’s 22nd annual general meeting, woodlot conference, and tour. More
Feature Articles
Choosing Nut Trees for Commercial and Amateur Projects in Eastern Ontario
Prior to massive European-style agricultural development, the most productive lands in east-central Ontario were rich deciduous forests. Oaks, butternuts, beech, hickories, black walnuts, chestnuts and hazels were common and were often substantial food resources for many forest dwellers. More
Wetlands in Ontario
Wetlands are lands that are saturated with water long enough to cause the soil to become waterlogged, and the growth of water-loving or water-tolerant plants to occur. Wetlands are transitional habitats, often forming the connection between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. They can occur where the water table is at or close to the surface, in low-lying locations, or along the edges of lakes and rivers. More
Promoting Wildlife Diversity
Historically, southern Ontario was covered by forests interspersed with lakes, wetlands, grasslands, and other open areas. More
Cultivate Gourmet Mushrooms
Woodlot owners are familiar with the many colourful and delectable mushrooms that emerge from the forest floor after spring and autumn rains. More
"Climate is what you expect,
weather is what you get."
An exploration of weather events that can cause havoc with our forests, the frequency of these events in the past, and what actions a landowner can take to better prepare their forests to “weather” such events. Details
A Commercial Woodlot is a Farm
Few woodlot owners take advantage of operating a commercial woodlot as a farm, and each owner and their own situation is unique. Details
Woodlots - A Refuge for Ontario’s
Native Bees

Ontario has more than 400 species of native bees. A handful of those bees are bumble bees that live in small colonies. Details
How to Select the Right Tree to Cut for Firewood
Ideally, all forest harvest operations would follow a prescription prepared by a registered professional forester, and the trees to be cut would be marked by a certified tree marker. These good forestry practices are intended to ensure the woodlot is managed to a high standard and is sustainable. Most forest conservation bylaws require good forestry practices for any commercial harvest operations or for operations that will reduce the tree density below a level that is required to qualify as “woodland.” Details
Building a Case for Good Forest Management
A series of case studies were developed to profile examples of responsible long term forest management in southern Ontario. Eight landowners were interviewed to gather their financial and forest information and to summarize the history of activities on their properties. Annual revenue and costs for various products (timber, fuelwood, and maple syrup) were obtained from the landowner. A representative crop model was developed for a typical crop rotation in Ontario using corn, soybeans & wheat. The model was based on crop enterprise budgets developed by OMAF, which reflect agriculture industry average costs and returns.  A Present Value calculation was used to estimate the equivalent 2010 value for revenue and costs from the woodlots and agriculture crops. This paper summarizes the results of the eight cases. Details:
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