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Forest Health Meeting

Each year in May or June, we hold a Forest Health meeting featuring a speaker on topics such as forest management, biodiversity or invasive species .

In June 2023, our speakers addressed the question - What does a healthy, well managed forest look like? The speakers were:

  • Importance of Biodiversity - David Hawke

  • Simcoe County Perspective - Brett Dixon
  • MFTIP/ tree marking perspective - Peter Devilliers & Earl Dertinger 


Next Meeting Date - June 18, 2024
 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Watch this space and the Knothole newsletter for further details.

Past Speaker Presentations
LIDAR & Private Woodlands Inventory
At our 2023 AGM, Ben Gwilliam, a Private Lands Inventory Analyst with the OWA, discussed the Private Lands Inventory Project which uses LIDAR technology. The mapping results should provide us with detailed information on our lands and forests to better assist with management.
Here is a link to his slides. Click here.  
Forest Damage/ Causes & Management
On June 25, 2022, we heard from Nathalie Heyblom RPF, a Forest Advisor with Forests Ontario. She provided an overview of the health of Ontario's forests and some of the causes of damage, both natural (wind storms) and invasive species.
Here is a link to her presentation: 
Beech Bark Disease Presentation

The guest speaker at our May 14, 2019 Forest Health meeting was Svetlana Zeran RPF, Planning Forester with the Bancroft Minden Forest Company. Her main presentation was on Beech Bark disease and its repercussions to our forests. She also had time to present the threat to Hemlock trees from the Woolly Adelgid. 

The presentation slides can be accessed from the following document links:

Resources - Forest Management & Tree Planting

Click the links below for useful forest management resources:


There are several tree planting and grant programs available through Forest Ontario (50 Million Trees Program) and your local conservation authorities. Access details via the following links: 

Past Knothole Newsletters

Click below to download each edition of our Knothole newsletter.

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