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Our association started in 1995 as a chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association. We have brought together people of similar interests dedicated to managing their woodlots in a sustainable manner. With various outings over the course of the year, we demonstrate these management options, in a hands-on manner.
Provincial Annual General Meeting on April 12 – 13, 2018 in Shakespeare
Our chapter is the lead host of this spring’s provincial conference and AGM in Shakespeare. The planning committee has also had valuable support and contributions from Southwest and Elgin-Middlesex chapters.
Thursday will feature a choice of one of two bus tours in the Listowel area or in the Shakespeare area, an evening social, banquet, and speaker. Friday will feature numerous excellent speakers, demonstrations and a silent auction. All details will be coming from OWA head office.
Auction items gratefully accepted. Doug Filsinger is generously donating a brand new chainsaw and Roger Cook a one-of-a-kind handmade canoe paddle. There will be dozens more in the line-up.
Our committee has worked very hard to provide this conference at a reasonable price. We are looking for a great turnout from our H/P members.
Visit the provincial site to register: https://www.ontariowoodlot.com/conference
We need help both days for greeters, parking, auction, pavilion attendants, table set-up and removal, etc. A lot of this will be early morning (7-9 am) on Thursday. Two or three volunteers will be needed to stay at Shakespeare Hall during the day Thursday but most will be able to go on the bus tours. To volunteer please contact Dave Bray at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519-444-4496.
Our own H/P short AGM will be held discretely during the Friday afternoon break. Reports are included with this notice. Volunteers for nominations gladly accepted. There will be a draw for 4 – $100.00 gift certificates for our members in attendance.
We hope to see you there!
Here is a list of previous outings the H-P Woodlot Association:
Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Tour Ken Wagler’s forested property west of Tavistock, as well as a demonstration of his Woodmizer sawmill and shingle mill attachment. Click here to download the flyer.
Saturday April 8, 2017 – Tour of St. Helens Sawmill and St. Helens Pallet Mill (operated by Jake Stutzman), followed by a tour of Little John’s Leatherworks. Lunch and business meeting followed at St. Helens Community Hall. Click here to read an article about the event.
Saturday October 1, 2016 – Tour of the Trick family property south of Clinton to view their sawmill, hydro dam for power generation, old grist mill, firewood processor, and other points of interest. Click here to read an article about the event.
Thursday June 9th, 2016 – Windbreak Twilight Tour profiling windbreak benefits, planning, establishment, and management. Planned for in the Exeter area. Click here to learn more about the event.
Saturday April 9, 2016 – Annual General Meeting in St. Paul’s Station (between St. Mary’s and Stratford) at the Downie Optimist Club. There was a demonstration from Dan Bannon of Bannon Log Homes in the morning. After the business meeting and lunch, the Canadian Raptor Conservancy did a live flying demonstration with birds of prey. This event was a good opportunity to renew your OWA membership! Click here to learn more.
November 7, 2015 – Plantation thinning tour of a young coniferous plantation, led by John Enright of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
October 17, 2015 – Tour of John and Janet Haak property near Clinton to view marginal farm land restoration, hardwood and softwood management, tallgrass prairie & wetland establishment, species diversity, etc.
September 12th, 2015 – invasive plant tour with Brenda Gallagher at Wildwood Conservation Area, near Stratford.
April 11th, 2014 – tour of Bill & Anne Phelan’s forest property near Bayfield, and a presentation from Brenda Gallagher (Upper Thames River Conservation Authority) on invasive species.
September 27th, 2014 –tour and displays at the Roger and Elaine Cook Farm near Stratford – woodlot, plantation, sawmill, wood crafts, etc.
November 15th, 2014 – joint woodlot conference with the local Maple Syrup Producers Association Chapter at Hoover Maple Products, near Atwood
And in 2013:
- Annual Meeting in Bayfield, tour of Rick Kaptein’s property (April 6)
- Hike along the Maitland Trail (May 11)
- Display at the International Plowing Match (Sept 17-21)
- Tour of the St. Williams Forest Station and Backus Woods (October 19)
- Chain saw training course
- Tour of the Bauman Sawmill