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I grew up in Calgary but went to university in Ontario where I regularly visited friends on their farm.

I grew up in Calgary but went to university in Ontario where I regularly visited friends on their farm. Now living in Saudi Arabia, I have many pleasant memories of the treed Ontario landscape and am proud to support an organization that is dedicated to the wise use of forests. The forests of Ontario are a resource that are, in the context of where I currently live, amazingly beautiful and absolutely priceless.

Matt Stephansson; Saudi Arabia

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  • 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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