Ensuring the sustainability of Ontario’s privately owned forests now and in the future.
Helping each other to become the best possible stewards of our woodlands!
As an organization built by enthusiastic and engaged people, committed to using best management practices, we want our woodlots to be:
We are a community of woodlot owners that live, work and play in our forests. Together we restore, manage and advocate for healthy forest ecosystems.
Grow a substantial and supportive network of members living in diverse forests throughout Ontario
Promote stewardship that creates forest products from sustainably managed forests today and tomorrow. Celebrate local forest-made products, and the professionals that provide forest services.
Promote, through education and mentorship, the benefits of a healthy ecosystem thereby increasing the enjoyment of our forests (spiritual, recreational, and aesthetical). Foster recognition of the environmental benefits of active forest management that also supports rural social and economic health at all levels.
The Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) is a not-for-profit grassroots organization governed by an elected executive committee, and a volunteer board of directors. The OWA is comprised of a strong network of 20 regional chapters. Our members own and manage woodlots throughout the province and include individuals and organizations that support our goals. We believe that private landowners have a key role to play to ensure that sustainably managed forests remain a part of Ontario’s future. Collectively, we can continue to ensure the healthy future of our private forest resource.
Ontario woodlots range in size from a few hectares to tens of thousands, and are home to a full range of tree species: pine, cedar spruce, maple, walnut and oak to mention a few. The reasons for owning a woodlot are as diverse as the species within them. Some manage their woodlots for income, some to conserve wildlife habitat and others for a combination of reasons. The common thread that links us together is our desire to manage our woodlots to the best of our abilities and to ensure their viability for generations to come.