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International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) enjoys a rich heritage as a scientific and educational organization with a primary mission to disseminate information and knowledge in the care and preservation of trees. The Ontario Chapter sits consistently at 600-700 members, while the international membership is over 20,000, divided into almost 50 chapters and associate organizations worldwide – the world’s largest such organization. There are currently over 500 ISA Certified Arborists in Ontario and more than 25,000 worldwide.

Ontario Horticultural Association

The Ontario Horticultural Association is a volunteer, charitable organization whose mission is to provide leadership and assist in the promotion of education and interest in all areas of horticulture and related environmental issues in Ontario, through an expanding network of horticultural societies dedicated to the beautification of their communities.
Local Horticultural Societies in this area are in District 3.

Workplace Safety NorthChain Saw Courses

Workplace Safety North continues to offer chainsaw training. Brian Lawrence’s district extends from Belleville to Toronto and north through Algonquin Park. He is more than willing to go anywhere within my district to provide training if there is a minimum of six participants.
They offer two types of chainsaw training: one for loggers and the other for non-loggers. The difference is that the logger program doesn’t include a hands-on (bush) component. For the non-loggers, we recommend a twoday program that consists of both classroom and bush sessions.
Please feel free to contact me if there are any other questions that arise.
Brian Lawrence
T 888-730-7821 ext. 307
M 613-334-1025
F 613-332-0002
[email protected]

Ontario Woodlot Association

The Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) is a not-for-profit grassroots organization governed by an elected, volunteer board of directors. Our members own and manage woodlots throughout the province and include individuals and organizations that support our goals. We believe that private landowners have a key role to play to ensure that sustainably managed forests remain a part of Ontario’s future. The Ontario Woodlot Association has links to a wide variety of information and resources.

FAB an appetite for opportunity

Live your dream… open an artisan food and beverage (FAB) business in Eastern Ontario. We are located in the Counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Lennox & Addington and Prince Edward. Look halfway between Toronto and Ottawa and you’ll find us.We are three economic development offices in partnership with the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation wanting to help you! Browse around this website to learn more, or visit the contact us section to get in touch. You can also learn more about opportunities in our FAB Region by checking out the artisan business development study we recently commissioned.

Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada

The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) conducts organic farming research and provides knowledge transfer and extension services for organic farmers.
The OACC is committed to education by way of web courses in organic agriculture, organic farming methods, organic field crops, organic pest and weed management, organic livestock production, composting and transition to organic farming.

Eastern Ontario Agri-food Network

Our local products will be available very soon in our local grocery stores and even at the supermarkets! This is only one of the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network objective founded in 2010. This non-profit organization’s mandate is to facilitate the dialogue between the different partnerships and to coordinate the implementation of agri-food in Eastern Ontario. The Network purposes are to sponsor and promote the coordination of the development initiatives while promoting the value of the agri-food sector.

Slow Money

Thousands of Americans have begun affirming a new direction for the economy. It’s called Slow Money.
Inspired by the vision of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered, published in 2009, the Slow Money Alliance is bringing people together around a new conversation about money that is too fast, about finance that is disconnected from people and place, about how we can begin fixing our economy from the ground up… starting with food.

The Working Forest

The Working Forest newspaper was established by Judy Skidmore in November 1997 to provide up to date news and information for and about the Canadian forest industry.

Ontario Forest Industries Association

We all want forest products that are sourced using sustainable forest management. Ontario’s forest practices are governed by a world-class, platinum standard regulatory framework. Together, we are dedicated to tackling climate change and securing a viable future for Ontario’s forest products sector. When you buy Ontario made forest products, your positive environmental choice is supporting over 200,000 Ontario working families.


Wood Works is a national campaign to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction. In North America the market for wood is valued at US$20 Billion.

La Via Campesina: International Peasant Movement

Unity among peasants, landless, women farmers and rural youth La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.

Field Crop news

Field Crop News” is an archive of information dedicated to the production of over 8.5 million acres of field crops in Ontario and a forum for which producers, researchers and industry personnel can share information and ideas.

Society for Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario

The purpose of the society is to promote, develop and guide the application of biodynamic agriculture methods, in accordance with the principles set forth in the agriculture course given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924, in Koberwitz, Germany.

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

Mission: To promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development.

Ontario Wood

Ontario Wood – Look for the leaf
When you choose Ontario Wood, you’re not just making the best choice for building a deck, installing a new floor, or renovating your kitchen; you’re making the best choice for all of us. That’s because our forest industry provides thousands of jobs and sustains hundreds of communities across our province. On top of that, Ontario Wood products are high-quality and cost-competitive and enjoy an excellent reputation around the world.

“Ontario Wood” is an initiative to help you identify and purchase locally made Ontario Wood products. Whether you are a consumer, builder, designer or architect, look for the leaf to be sure it’s Ontario Wood.

The Garlic News

The Garlic News comes out four times a year, the issues being planned to reach you in time for the four garlic seasons: planting; winter planning; spring tasks, and the summer harvest. Contact us by completing the information on the Contact Link or fill out the printer friendly Membership & Subscription Form, print and send it with your cheque or money order today.


Naturally:wood is a comprehensive information resource that brings together the latest, most reliable data about wood performance, green building and life cycle assessment, as well as British Columbia’s wide variety of forest products, manufacturers, sustainable forest practices, certification of forests, wood products and more.

Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program

Invading species are one of the greatest threats to the biodiversity of Ontario’s waters and woodlands. Originating from other regions of the world, and in the absence of their natural predators or controls, invading species can have devastating effects on native species, habitats and ecosystems.


If you wish to see a country well, you must traverse it in other directions than those whither the high roads lead you.
— Charles Boner, Guide for Travellers, In the Plain and On the Mountain, (1876)

This is a guide to walks around Thomasburg adn further afield posted by Peter Snell.

Buying firewood?

In Canada, firewood is usually sold at the retail level in the following two ways:
In bulk (larger quantities): Most bulk firewood (split or whole roundwood) is sold by stacked volume. The declaration and accuracy of the delivered quantity are regulated by the Weights and Measures Act and Regulations, which are administered by Measurement Canada.
In bags or boxes (smaller quantities): Firewood is also sold at retail in bags or boxes by stacked volume expressed in cubic decimetres (dm3). Accuracy and labelling requirements for packaged firewood are found in the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations, which are administered by the Competition Bureau.

Make a Map: Natural Heritage Areas

The Ministry of Natural Resources has a new make a map application for you to use. You can use it to make custom maps for areas across Ontario.The Make a Map: Natural Heritage Areas application displays some of the available natural heritage information that the MNR maintains. All of theinformation included in this application is available digitally through Land Information Ontario for those who have GIS capabilities. Data sharing agreements may be required to obtain the data.

Care for your well

As a well owner, you want your water to be clean, clear and safe for your family to drink. Your water may look clean and clear, but how can you be confident that it is safe?
While regular testing is important, you can prevent problems and protect the quality of your well water through proper maintenance.

Well Regualtions – Well Disinfection (technical bulletin)

The purpose of this technical bulletin is to summarize the information on well disinfection found in the Water Supply Wells – Requirements and Best Management Practices manual published by the Ministry of the Environment, December 2009. This technical bulletin is one in a series of 11 on well issues created for a person who is considering a new water supply well or who currently owns a water supply well.

Well Regulations

The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has a number of regulations about plugging and seal old wells, siting and building new ones, and such things as repair of existing wells.

Water Supply Wells: Requirements and Best Practise

This manual provides a clear and concise discussion of Regulation 903 as amended under the Ontario Water Resources Act R.R.O. 1990 (The Wells Regulation). It also provides best management practices and recommended techniques that help a person constructing a well to go beyond the minimum standards set by the Wells Regulation and better protect and minimize adverse impacts to our environment.

Invading species

Invading species are one of the greatest threats to the biodiversity of Ontario’s waters and woodlands. Originating from other regions of the world, and in the absence of their natural predators or controls, invading species can have devastating effects on native species, habitats and ecosystems.

Protecting species at risk

We live in a province with over 30,000 species of plants and animals. Unfortunately, more than 200 of these species are in trouble. That is why Ontario passed some of the toughest legislation on species at risk in North America. So that future generations can enjoy the wildlife we do today.

What are photosynthesis and respiration?

Environmental scientists recognize that the fundamental source of energy for most life on earth is the sun. Through photosynthesis, plants capture the light and convert it into chemical potential energy. Plants then store the potential energy in the form of biomass (biological matter that fuels nearly every animal on earth).

Hydro One save energy

For an average 2000 sq ft Canadian home, the average monthly electrical bill $142 (based on household average monthly usage of 1000Kw) (This does not including electrically heated homes). Ontario Energy Board prices.
The average annual heating cost with natural gas is $1100/year; with oil $3700/year ; with propane $4200/yearand with an electric furnace or baseboard $3300/year.
You can monitor your electricity usage with a plug load monitor. Inexpensive plug in monitor to find out individual device electrical use
Buy energy efficient appliances -check the Energy Star rating.
For lighting use compact fluorescent- LED (they cost more but lasts a long time)
How about a solar clothes dryer? – use a clothesline and do laundry in cold water.
Ceiling fans to circulate air.
Time of use: depending on time of year, electricity costs are lower at certain times of the day. These times change twice a year.

Ontario Energy Board

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) regulates the province’s electricity and natural gas sectors in the public interest.
The Board envisions a viable and efficient energy sector with informed consumers, and works towards this vision through regulation that is effective, fair and transparent.
One can get information about the pricing of hydro and natural gas,

Air source heat pumps

Air Source Heat Pumps – extract latent ‘heat’ from large volume of air – newer most efficient units are almost as efficient as Ground Source Heat Pumps at a fraction of the cost. One can save 25 to 50% energy cost over electricity, oil, and propane.

Ground source and water source heat pumps

Ground source heat pumps extract latent heat from ground. They need a large area to dig 100-300 ft. trenches. It is expensive to install, but very efficient. Ground source heat pumps are not very good for very large homes or home with high heating requirements.
Water source heat pump is the same as a ground source heat pump but even more efficient. One needs a body of water ideally at least 8 ft. deep such as a large pond or lake, river or large creek.
Cost saving comparisons between heat pumps and electricity.

Alternative heating systems

Alternative Heating Solutions for the 21st century and beyond
An information hub for alternative heating systems such as passive and active solar designs, low-emission stoves and geothermal systems.

Fuelwood, the environment and the 21st century

Ideal stove is a Kochel or masonry oven and it creates more heat from less wood. A traditional woodstove is 30-50% efficient. Newer, cleaner burning stoves have a secondary burner and will burn 85% clean burn with less soot.For those really adventurous check out Rocket Mass Heaters- Super efficient-
Cords used- Depends on size of home, insulation levels, home configuration, temperature of home, efficiency of system- average-5-10 bush cord of dry wood.
Species used- Hardwoods best hickory, oak, maple, elm or longer list from harder to softer – ironwood, beech, ash, red elm, red maple, tamarack, white birch, Manitoba maple, red alder, hemlock, poplar, pine, basswood, spruce, and balsam.
In the shoulder seasons, spring and fall, when not a lot of heat required the softer woods are fine
Wood Varies widely depending on if you get your own wood- free except for labour and equipment. Purchase wood is usually $200 to $300/bush cord. Tandem load of logs is generally the lowest cost if you need to purchase.
Seasoning of wood until it is dry usually at least one year. Some wood takes longer to dry than others i.e. oak. Other woods like ash dry in a very short time.
Fuel wood, the environment and the 21st Century

Keeping the heat in

Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency offers this guide to educate on basic principles of building science and to provide guidance in home retrofit projects such as insulation and air sealing improvements. First published in the 1970’s and last updated in 2012, the publication is currently only available in a PDF format.

A Guide to Stewardship Planning of Natural Areas

This guide provides a framework for creating a stewardship plan on rural properties. It uses a 20-year planning horizon and will help you develop a list of stewardship activities you can work on over the first 10 years of your plan. A plan can be prepared for any size of property. The complexity of the plan will increase with the size and diversity of the property.

Crowe Valley Conservation

Since 1958, the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority (CVCA) has worked in partnership with its ten member municipalities and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF).
With its head office in Marmora, Ontario, the CVCA operates 13 dams along the Crowe River and its tributaries. The CVCA also maintains a stream flow forecasting center to help reduce the risk of flooding.
Managing over 2000sq./km of territory, the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority maintains 1300 acres of conservation land divided between four main conservation areas. If you love the outdoors you can enjoy many outdoor activities on one of our beautiful and pristine Conservation Areas. The Crowe Valley Conservation Authority has something for everyone!

Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre

Natural Heritage Information Centre staff members conduct research and surveys in the field for priority species and areas across Ontario. The centre collects, reviews, manages and distributes information for:
species of conservation concern
rare and exemplary plant communities
wildlife concentration areas
natural areas

Canadian Farm Safety Association

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and workers. CASA works collaboratively with agricultural safety and health specialists and producers in all provinces and territories to promote health and safety on Canadian farms and ranches. CASA provides national leadership and direction for agricultural health and safety, to reduce injuries and lessen their negative impact on farmers, their families and workers. CASA’s long term objective is to ensure that no one is hurt farming.

Workplace Safety North

Workplace Safety North provides occupational health and safety resources, training, ergonomic and industrial hygiene support and consulting for Ontario’s forestry industries.

Managing hay and pasture to benefit grassland birds.

Many of Ontario’s birds are becoming scarcer, and the species that depend on grasslands for their habitat are at special risk.
Populations of Bobolinks, for example, have declined by 88% over the past 40 years. These grassland species depend on hay and pasture fields, together with remnants of native prairies and alvars.

West Nile Virus and Lyme diseases

West Nile Virus is a disease that was first isolated in 1937 in the West Nile region of Uganda and is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. The majority of infected individuals have mild or no symptoms. However, the elderly and those with certain chronic medical problems including problems with their immune systems can become ill. West Nile Virus can cause an inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis.
Lyme disease is caused by the corkscrew shaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. In Ontario, this bacteria is spread by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks (commonly called deer ticks). Blacklegged ticks are the only type of tick in Ontario that can consistently transmit Lyme disease. The blacklegged tick can be found sporadically throughout Ontario.

Green Communities

Everyone want to go green. But getting there isn’t always easy. That’s where we come in. Green Communities Canada is a national association of community organizations working with homeowners, businesses, governments and communities to reduce our impact on the environment.

House Energy

Our homes (and other buildings) consume a prodigious amount of energy. America’s buildings consume more than 70% of the electricity and around 35% of the natural gas used in the country. And they are the largest single contributor to CO2 and other harmful gas emissions.House Energy show ays to reduce these costs and emissions.

Trees Ontario

During the 1980’s up to 30 million trees a year were planted on rural privately owned properties across Ontario. In the late 1990’s planting levels dropped to as low as two million trees per year. Experts tell us that in order to achieve 30 per cent forest cover and a healthy ecosystem we need to plant over a billion more trees. Trees Ontario is now part of Forest Ontario, a not-for-profit organization that requires the financial support of individuals and organizations. The 50 Million Trees project is supported by the Province of Ontario.

Ontario Seed Processing Plant, Angus

Since its establishment in 1923, the Ontario Tree Seed Facility has played a key role in the protection of Ontario’s rich natural heritage. The facility collects seed from about 50 different native species and supplies smaller nursery operations, large forestry companies and the public. It also maintains a seed bank of native tree species from across the province and makes seed available for reforestation. In this way, the plant contributes to Ontario’s commitment to conserving biological diversity.


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