Eastern Ontario Model Forest

Eastern Ontario Model Forest

February 13, 2012 14:13 ET

Annual Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference Celebrates 25 Years

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2012) - This year will mark the landmark 25th anniversary of the Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference on Wednesday, February 22 at the W.B. George Centre on the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph. Topics and themes around this annual educational and networking event are tailored towards private woodlot owners - including farmers with woodlands.

This year's theme is "Today's Woodlot Threats and Opportunities". First up, an "Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update" will highlight the latest news on the invasive pest including a presentation from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency outlining their regulations and penalties around current Ministerial Orders. The harsh realities and impacts of EAB on the City of Ottawa over the last several years will be outlined, as will how the 50 Million Tree Program of Trees Ontario may help with reforestation strategies.

Next up, Scott Davis from the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) will be giving an informed overview and update on "Private Land Forest Certification in Eastern Ontario" including how to get certified, why do it, who to contact, and where to get more info. John Gulland of Wood Heat Organization will then be sharing his expert and practical advice on "Optimizing your Firewood Burning Techniques" to improve heat, health, and cost savings.

After a hot lunch an Invasive Plant Species Panel consisting of Rachel Gagnon from the Invasives Plant Council and Crispen Wood from Agriculture Canada's Arboretum in Ottawa will highlight "What's Threatening our Woodlots and Forests" and "Taking Action: Do's & Don'ts" when trying to wrestle with buckthorn, dog strangling vine and other invasive plants.

Last but not least, a Wildlife Feature will top the day off with a colourful slideshow and talk by Ken Elliott from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources who will showcase a new publication entitled "A land manager's guide to conserving habitat for forest birds in southern Ontario".

Doors open for registration and coffee at 8:30 and proceedings run from 9:00 to 3:30. To register online or for exhibitor inquires, visit eomf.on.ca/winter-woodlot-conference or call 613-258-8241 or email modelforest@eomf.on.ca. The cost is $30.00 which includes lunch or $20 without lunch. A special thank-you to all Sponsors this year, and in the past, for their ongoing support and commitment towards this special event.

Contact Information

  • Melanie Williams
    Communications Coordinator
    Eastern Ontario Model Forest