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Kawartha Chapter

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  • President - Brian Paradoski
  • Secretary - Linda Touzin
  • Treasurer - Dave Simser
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Location - the Kawartha Chapter comprises the region primarily west of Peterborough, north to Minden and south and west into the Region of Durham. This is a uniquely diverse geographic area – it encompasses the Oak Ridges Moraine to the south, rich farm land throughout the central portion of this region, and the Kawartha Lakes. To the north of the Kawartha Lakes, one enters the limestone shield and finally the granite shield areas. Although woodlots in the south are within easy distance of a road, our northern woodlands can be remote – frequently accessible only by a long hike, ATV or 4-wheel drive, and occasionally by canoe or air.

The woodlands of this region reflect the diversity of the geography. High value upland hardwood woodlots can be present throughout, but are most common in the south. Many conifer plantations are present as a result of the Ministry of Natural Resource’s Woodland Improvement Program of the 1970’s and 80’s, when 100,00-150,000 seedlings were planted annually in each county. Cedar and other lowland woodlands are very common.

Membership - the Kawartha Chapter was formed in 1993, with a current membership of about 125.

The majority of chapter members reside or own woodlands within easy commuting distance of Lindsay, where the board of directors meets on 4-5 occasions annually. Many woodland owners within our region live in the Greater Toronto area, or beyond. Management issues and landowner concerns are many and varied – all can benefit greatly from the information services and landowner events provided by our Chapter, whether or not they are members.

Membership advantages and activities - from the earliest years, the Kawartha Chapter has promoted sustainable forest activities and provided educational opportunities for its members, as well as the woodland community at large. In conjunction with local Conservation Authority and other partners we offer the annual Lindsay Woodlot Conference, held the 3rd Saturday of February.

Members enjoy an annual general meeting, usually in mid spring, featuring indoor and outdoor activities. Depending on the interests and requests of members, we organize 2-3 low cost ½ day forestry tours and workshops each year.  

As with other non-profit organizations, we depend on the active participation of qualified volunteer members. If you own a woodland or forestry related business, we encourage new members at large, hope you will attend one of more of our several events (whether or not you are a member) and, should time permit, consider a more active involvement on our board of directors.

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