Thanks to a generous $193,300 3 year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), Bancroft and Area Forest Industries Association and partners, Harvest Hastings, Bancroft Area Stewardship Council and Hastings Stewardship Council are launching the Harvest Hastings Local Wood Initiative to develop a check list for the public and rural property owners to assess their greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, and will also be hosting workshops for students and community members on how to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.
 The workshops will allow local experts to share their knowledge of sustainable forestry and farming, stewardship of natural areas, energy efficiency, alternative energy and living with nature.
The sustainability check list and workshops will help people, especially youth, better appreciate the landscape in which they live and give them practical suggestions on how they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.
A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.
For more information: Bancroft and Area Forest Industries Association, www.bafia.ca Ontario Trillium Foundation, visit www.otf.ca: Contact Louise Livingstone (613) 395-4388, infowww.harvesthastings.ca,  Matt Caruana (613) 395-1166, 

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