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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 S&W Report (a 28 page quarterly newsletter) online. The S&W Report can also be 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 S&W Report 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.

Stewardship Network of Ontario (SNO)

The OWA continues to network its support and participation on the SNO Leadership Committee. SNO is a collaborative of non-government and government stewardship organizations. The group works together to increase the capacity of stewardship agencies to contribute to biodiversity conservation and environmental health. For more information, visit www.stewardshipnetwork.ca/.

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

The 2018 OWA Woodlot Conference and Tours will be held near Straford, Ontario. More details to come.

Coming soon, presentations from the 2017 AGM. To view the Deputy Minister Bill Thornton’s address, please click here.

Agenda Conference March 21, 2015

Agenda Conference April 16, 2016

Agenda Conference April 29, 2017


Member Profile

  • Tony and Ann Bull
    Tony and Ann Bull

    Our property had about 30 ha of established bush and some open fields, as well as a house and barns. The year after we bought the place we had 6 ha planted in red pine thanks to the Woodlands Improvement Agreement. The bush is quite varied; stands of white pine and poplar and many mixed stands. A small area of red pine was planted in the mid 1970’s. There had been no extensive harvest in 50 years.

    Over the years we cut enough wood to heat the house and sell a small amount that we did not need. We cut trees of inferior quality and those that competed too successfully with red pine which need full light.

    Membership in OWA led to learning more about woodlot management. In addition, we achieved Forest Stewardship Certification for the woodlot via the Eastern Ontario Model Forest that holds the FSC certificate.

    In preparing a management plan we became convinced that the established forest was in need of an improvement thinning. The thinning operation started in the winter of 2005; the last load taken out in October 2006. A local horse logger conducted the operation under contract with Laverne Heideman and Sons. They did not have the best quote price-wise, but they had a good reputation for a quality operation. Our interest was in the state of the bush after logging, number one; and a fair price. We felt that we achieved both. And in 2011 we had a first thinning of the red pine plantations that we had planted in 1986.

    In addition to working in the bush we hike and ski on our trails, and enjoy the solitude and privacy that comes with a substantial area of land. Caring for the bush and its inhabitants and outdoor experiences in all seasons and weather, both severe and benign, has greatly enriched our lives.

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