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The son of immigrants from the Netherlands, I grew up on a 600 acre farm in western Quebec. Most of it was bush. I left when I was young and pursued a career in journalism. Most recently, I spend 20 years as a writer at the National Post.
In 2010 my family fell in love with Madoc Township, and we bought a 34 acre farm on Cooper Road. There was no house, just a pole barn. We camped in the barnyard for a few years, and in 2014 we built a little house in a hay field. We also hired Matt Mertins to write us a Managed Forest Plan. That plan reduced the tax by 75 per cent on the forested portion of our land.
In 2017 I left the Post and enrolled at the University of Toronto. In 2019 I graduated with a Master of Forest Conservation. Then in the spring of 2020 I earned certification as a Managed Forest Plan Approver. Now, on top of managing our own forest, I can write managed forest plans of my own. Please call me for a free estimate. I would love to come and see your forest and talk about how I might help you look after your woods and, at the same time realize big savings on your taxes. Peter can advise you on how to save more on your taxes when you enter the Manager Forest Tax Incentive Program and also how to plant trees under Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program. The program gives help to landowners to plant trees and expand forests.
In addition, Peter works at Forests Ontario as editor of its quarterly magazine, Our Forest.