On Friday, February 23, 2018, the University of Toronto Master of Forest Conservation class visited the French-Severn forest to learn about single tree selection, tree marking, and active harvesting. Tom Bryson, Senior Forest Technician, and Margaret Scott, Forester Intern, discussed the different silviculture systems, forest management planning, prescriptions, compliance, and audits with the students. The group had an […]
Westwind staff attended the Forests Ontario Annual Conference – “The Ripple Effect” last Friday, February 9th in Alliston, Ontario. There was a major focus on climate change at the conference with topics including seed transfer policy, the impact of climate change on animal species, carbon offsets, forest fire management, and adapting to climate change. It […]
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Westwind! Our office will be closed from December 25th to January 1st but we will be back on January 2nd. We hope you have a safe and happy season and we look forward to working with everyone again in 2018!
John McNutt from Westwind’s Board has a starring role in this Forest Products Association of Canada video on forestry and climate change. If 0.3 seconds can be a starring role, he steals the show. Using sustainable forest products can help make a substantial difference in our climate change future.
Today, our forester intern, Margaret Scott, was at Northern Wilderness Outfitters teaching a grade 12 class about forestry and tree identification. The group learned about silviculture systems, tree marking, protecting wildlife habitat, forest management planning, and possible career paths in forestry. The presentation was followed by a tree identification walk where the class identified over 10 species […]
While completing a harvest audit this week, Westwind staff stopped at an old J.R. Booth log pile. The pine logs would have been harvested in 1910 or even earlier. Pine logging was a very important part of the history of this area but also lead to the degraded forests that we are left with today. The […]
As the leaves change colours and the temperature gets cooler, Westwind staff are out in the field doing assessments on planted trees. Just like children’s checkups, we measure and look at the trees a few times in the first five years to see whether they are healthy and how they are growing. This allows Westwind […]
Barry Davidson from Westwind and Michael Henry from the Parry Sound District MNRF hosted a Local Citizens Committee tour on Friday, June 23, 2017. The LCC, along with some members of the planning team, learned about beech bark disease, cottagers’ perspectives, and conifer conversion projects. The first stop was the site of a beech regeneration […]
Westwind celebrated a special day a couple months ago. It was 20 years ago (March 27, 2017) that we received our letters patent as a corporation. Westwind is proud of the milestones – from being the first large public forest Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified in Canada to the more recent recognition of the special form of […]
Westwind attended the Almaguin Highlands Career/Trade Fair on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Almaguin Highlands Secondary School. The fair aimed to provide information on careers and trades that are available locally. Tom Bryson and Margaret Scott spoke to students about various careers in forestry and the relevant post-secondary training and skills. It was great to talk […]