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Membership Benefits

Here are some of the benefits of being a member of the Ontario Woodlot Association

The Ontario Woodlot Association serves all Ontarians interested in maintaining our “green” environment in a healthy state. Those who wish to participate in our environmental visions and activities are invited to join the OWA to enjoy a sense of purpose, working on behalf of all Ontarians.

Got a problem or need some help?

The OWA Chapter structure allows members to participate with others close to home in “hands-on” activities such as workshops, woodlot tours, demonstrations, and other learning activities. Membership gives you access and reduced rates to Chapter and Provincial events.

Want important information conveniently delivered directly to you?

OWA members receive both our monthly emailed e-Letter News From Around the Woodlot and our The Ontario Woodlander (formerly called the S&W Report). TOW is also mailed to you. Both provide practical how-to articles on woodlot management as well as news of people, events, and issues affecting the management and ownership of private forests in Ontario.

Need an online knowledge resource and hard copy materials?

Members can register for a login and password (www.ontariowoodlot.com) which will allow access to a wide variety of information, including in the near future, the ability to download full-volume back issues of the quarterly publication and A Landowner’s Guide to Careful Logging and A Landowner’s Guide to Selling Standing Timber (also available in print).

Have an opinion you want people to hear?

The OWA is recognized as a leader in promoting sustainable forestry practices on private land and as a collective voice for woodlot owners and others interested in sustaining our forest cover. We speak to the government about issues which concern us all and work to have legislation enacted which provides benefits to all Ontarians. Add your voice to ours and get involved.

Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners (CFWO)

The OWA is a part of the CFWO Committee whose members include woodlot associations from across Canada. The Federation provides a common voice for woodlot owners and their Provincial associations and addresses national issues such as woodlot taxation (woodlot income and intergeneration woodlot transfer issues), Federal forestry and environmental policies. For more information, please go to www.cfwo-fcpb.org.

Forest Certification Working Group

The OWA continues to participate as a partner with the Eastern Ontario Model Forest in a forest certification initiative in for southern Ontario. The objective of the initiative is to provide opportunities for private woodlot owners to have their forests certified under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification system.

Ontario Professional Foresters Association (Private Woodlot Committee)

The OWA participates as a member of this standing committee of the OPFA Council. The mandate of the committee is to (1) work with private land foresters and other resource professionals so they can advance as professionals through mentoring and training; (2) to identify emerging issues, assessing their priority and whether they warrant action; (3) to promote best management practices in the private land setting; and (4) to develop, support development of and/or review materials (e.g. practice bulletins) and activities to forestry professionals.

Like to save money?

The OWA has joined with a number of organizations and companies to provide its members with an array of savings on forestry related products. Our Woodlot Marketplace is THE place for woodlot owners to use FREE non-commercial classified ads. It helps you to find, buy, sell or trade forest-related products.

Our Forest Services Directory helps you to locate professional and forest service providers nearest you such as forest consultants, loggers, tree nurseries and many more!

Annual General Meeting, Woodlot Conference and Tour

Agenda Conference April 5, 2019

Agenda Conference April 14, 2018

Agenda Conference April 29, 2017

Agenda Conference April 16, 2016

Agenda Conference March 21, 2015


Member Profile

  • The Madzo Family
    The Madzo Family

    The Madzo family lives in Bismark in the centre of the Niagara Peninsula where 88 year-old Louie Sr. works the farm with his son, Louie Jr. Their land includes 10 acres of mixed hardwoods which they actively manage and, when he retired in 1993, Louie Sr. began adding white pine for extra diversity.

    He cleared shrubbery in the woods by hand, using pick axe and shovel, and then planted seedlings obtained from the 1st Provincial Nursery in St. Williams. With approximately 500 planted each year, the family is very proud of the 3,000 pine which now stand 40 feet tall in their woods. Louie Sr. says “They have added a wonderful diversity to the woodlot, in both summer and winter.”

    In 2005, with the help of Trees Unlimited and the Niagara Woodlands Restoration Fund, 5,490 bare root seedlings were machine planted on 6.1 acres adjacent to the hardwoods, adding additional diversity and almost doubling the total acreage of the family’s forest.

    In 2013, the Madzo’s were awarded the Niagara Woodlot Association’s “Woodlot Owner of the Year” award.

    One of Louie Sr.’s favourite sayings is: “Plant a tree today and retire in the shade!”

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