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.



H-P Woodlot Association Past Events:

Saturday, April 27th, 2024 – Annual General Meeting. Tour of Matt Koch’s Hardwoods, flight demonstration from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy, hot lunch and business meeting, and presentation by Hannah Cann, Perth County Resiliency and Stewardship Coordinator.

Friday, October 20th & Saturday, October 21st, 2023 – Chainsaw Operator’s Safety Course (led by Greg Pfaff Educational Service) at Hoover’s Maple Syrup, near Atwood.

Saturday, October 14th, 2023 – Tour of the Lindner property including tree and shrub identification, corduroy road discussion and viewing, maple pipeline (gravity system) installation demo, and hot dogs and apple cider in the sugar house.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 – We toured the Schoelier property near St. Mary’s  to see invasive species management of dog-strangling vine and buckthorn, 20 years of reforestation, wetland restoration, and sawmill and kiln-dried hardwood (Pine Acres custom milling).

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 – Tour of Listowel’s Memorial Park including the Middle Maitland Rejuvenation Project, tree planting, and the removal of a 50 year old dam at the park. Hot lunch at the Elma Memorial Community Centre including roast beef dinner, AGM, and an excellent guest talk about forest health by Maitland Valley Conservation Authority Watershed Ecologist, Erin Gouthro.

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 – Tour of Andy Ross’ property including tree planting and a fall hike.

Saturday, September 24th, 2022 – Tour of Stevenson Tract (Huron County Forest). See our August 2022 newsletter: H-P Woodlot August 2022

Friday, April 22nd, 2022 – After a hiatus due to the pandemic, our 2022 AGM included a visit to McGavin’s Sugarbush and Nostalgic Wood, followed by Guest Speaker John Pineau, a silent auction, door prices, and delicious luncheon.

Saturday, October 26th, 2019 – Nick Whyte showed his efforts in rehabilitating a degraded woodlot to build a family maple syrup operation for enjoyment by multiple generations of the Whyte family. Click here to download the flyer.

Saturday, April 27th, 2019 – Annual General Meeting and tour of Pine Haven Sawmill and sheds. Click here to download the flyer.

Saturday November 3rd, 2018 – Paul and Debbie Kroes led a tour of their Christmas tree operation where they have 8 or 9 years of consecutive plantings of 2-3 acres each. Click here to download the flyer.

Saturday September 29th, 2018 – Tour of Peter Wiley’s property near Bayfield, where Peter discussed various points of interest as well as other features such as vernal pools, etc. Click here to download the flyer.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Tour Paul Bollinger’s property near Belgrave, where Paul demonstrated various aspects of managing hardwood areas, thinning and marketing products from young plantations, and reforestation of marginal land. Click here to download the flyer. 

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
 Tour of Murray and Wilma Scott's Wetland Restoration Project at the AGM in March 2008

Tour of Murray and Wilma Scott’s Wetland Restoration Project at the AGM in March 2008