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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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"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
Burls
Of all the products to come out of the woods, the one that holds a special attraction for woodworkers is the burl. Details
Safety in the Woodlot - Hangups
You are all set to cut your upcoming winter’s firewood. You have a new saw, all your personal protective equipment, and have taken a chainsaw maintenance and safety course. You also have a management plan for your woodlot and you have carefully selected and marked the trees you want to cut to achieve your woodlot management objectives. 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
Controlling Buckthorn on Your Property
In many Ontario locations, buckthorn seems to have reached a type of threshold, with the population now increasing at an exponential rate. This highly invasive shrub is noted for prolific seed production, high rate of germination and rapid growth. Seedlings establish best in high light but also germinate and grow well in shade, with an ability to thrive on a variety of sites. 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
Managing Ash in Farm Woodlots; Some Suggested Prescriptions
Ash is an important component of upland sites and dominant in lowland sites Southwestern Ontario. While information on emerald ash borer and its signs and symptoms is readily available, there is little on management options that consider EAB affects. This note was developed from a woodlot tour, Managing Ash in Farm Woodlots, planned to transfer knowledge on good forestry and stewardship practices to farmers. The note has three generic strategies for certain stand types and four site-specific prescriptions regarding woodlots in anticipation of EAB infestation. The generic strategies can considered when developing prescription for ash dominant lowlands. They apply to stands infested with EAB, and where EAB is expected in five to ten years or ten years or more. 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:
Getting to Know the Trees in Your Woodlot
Your woodlot can be a long-term investment, and having some knowledge about how it works is an important part of being a successful woodlot manager.  You should have a basic understanding of shade tolerance of various species, regeneration and what silvicultural practices to use in your woodlot.  Details
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