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Forests Ontario holds annual meeting at Nottawasaga Inn

February 21, 2020   ·   0 Comments

It was all about trees at Forests Ontario’s Annual Conference held at the Nottawasaga Inn on Friday, February 14.

The conference was attended by landowners, forestry professionals, and people who are passionate about forests.

The day featured several meetings on forest-related topics with industry professionals sharing information.

Topics included Collaboration for Conservation, Green Infrastructure, The State of Large Parks in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, Planting, Products and PR, and A year in Review of Ontario’s forests.

In the sports dorm, conservation groups as well as industry involved in forestry and forest products provided information and product information.

Mid afternoon had a panel discussion. Guest panelists were Hap Wilson of the Eskakwa Eco-Adventure Company, Hanna Freedberg of Fridays for Future, and Katrina Van Osch-Saxon, a student from Fleming College.

The panel discussion feature and question and answer period with members of the audience posting questions regarding the environment and how to move the cause forward.

A couple of the panelists spoke of the frustration they had encountered while trying to promote conservation.

“It’s one thing to talk about the plight of our watersheds and forests, and it’s another thing to take action,” Mr. Wilson said. “It’s important if we want to make headway with protecting some of these valuable forests.”

Panelists said the had experience a lot of push-back from people who don’t share the same concern for the environment, but said moving forward and continuing their work was the right thing to do.

By Brian Lockhart


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