Check out this video of the Forests for Kids tree planting event which took place at the Pine Glen Public School last Tuesday. The Chair of our Board, Louise Montague, helped teach students about forests, forestry, and planting trees along with Forests Ontario and Algonquin Forest Authority.
Check out this article in Parry Sound Life magazine by our forester intern, Margaret Scott, about the history of logging in the Parry Sound area and how it has changed over time. A huge thanks to John Macfie, a local historian and retired employee of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, for telling us about the history of […]
Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22, Margaret Scott and Javier Cappella participated in the annual Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Silviculture Tour. The first day focused on yellow birch management including discussions about site preparation treatments, group openings, and a crop tree release study. The second day focused on discussions about pine management such as planting, tending/site […]
Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, visited Parry Sound and the French-Severn forest last Wednesday. In the morning, Westwind Forest Manager, Barry Davidson (far right) attended a breakfast hosted by the Georgian Bay Biospshere Reserve in honor of the visit from Dianne Saxe (far left). Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller (second from right) along with Parry […]
On Monday, Westwind hosted our annual operator’s meeting. Operators working in the French-Severn Forest gathered at the Magnetawan Community Centre. Staff from Westwind and MNRF provided updates on health and safety, planning, licensing, billing, and the annual work schedule. Operators also looked over harvest allocations for the 2019-2029 plan. Everyone also […]
Yesterday, our forester intern, Margaret Scott, participated in a Hemlock Wooly Adelgid Training Tour. Participants travelled to Rochester, New York to learn how to identify and survey for Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA) from staff from Cornell University and New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Discussions also involved detection and treatment strategies. Although HWA is not currently found in […]
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 […]
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.