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Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is responsible to guide the OWA Board of Directors about the design and content of all the Association's printed publications such as the S&W Report and internet presence.

The Editorial Board has been set up to try and incorporate a geographic dispersal of volunteers across the province. This will provide a good representation of both provincial and local issues. The Editorial Board includes:

The Chair
  • Peter Hill - Chair - Haldimand Chapter
  • John Hicks - York-Durham Chapter, and
  • Pieter Leenhouts - Lower Ottawa Valley Chapter

Also, Dave Sexsmith and Eric Thompson will sit on the EB as ex-officio members.

If you have a suggestion or two, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the OWA office (613) 258-0110 ext.223.

Wanted: Input from You

The current members of the Editorial Board have helped prepare, review and solicit articles for our S&W Report. If you would like to make a contribution for the S&W Report or you wish to participate on the Editorial Board, please email Dave Sexsmith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or, phone at (613) 373-9334.

Member Profile

  • Jim and Jan Barton
    Jim and Jan Barton

    Jim and Jan bought Maple Tree Farm in 2010; 105 acres with 85 acres forested. Since their purchase, they have discovered a true passion for trees and have been working hard to repair and upgrade buildings, trails and other features on their land.

    Part of their focus has been on reviving a maple syrup operation that had been dormant for over a decade before they moved to the farm. They have since invested in a sugar shack and a 500-tap maple syrup operation.

    With the help of forest professionals, they have been carrying out improvement harvests to remove the poorer trees (cutting firewood and sawlogs) — leaving the healthier trees with more room to grow. Over time, they hope to expand their maple syrup operation as they have also discovered the nutritional benefits of this golden food source and wonder of nature.

    Joining the Ontario Woodlot Association seemed like the right thing to do to learn about the forest and their new “hobby,” so they became members and have hosted a local field day. They have become strong supporters of the OWA and appreciate the good forest management information that membership provides.

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