Save the date!
September 23rd, 2023 – Our first fall tour of the year will be the Schoelier property in the St. Mary’s area to see white pine reforestation, invasive species control, a sawmill & kiln dried hardwood, wetland restoration, and more.
October 14th, 2023 – Our second fall tour will be to the Litner Property. Of particular interest is a corduroy road.
We had a very successful Huron-Perth Annual General Meeting and Tour. Mother Nature did not co-operate – she provided a cold, windy, rainy day all morning. But this didn’t stop the 50 attendees from enjoying the tour in Listowel.
Doug and Greg gave us a very informative and entertaining tour of the Middle Maitland Re-juvination Project. We could have spent more time and encourage everyone to take your friends and family to see these walking tours in Listowel – well done. It is all paved and there are different levels of difficulty.
We enjoyed a hot roast beef meal with all the fixings, (including gravy and dessert) thanks to Barb McCorquodale and her crew. After the meal, we had an excellent speaker, Erin Gouthro, who covered forest health.
We ended the day with the results of the penny auction of well over 30 items. A special thanks to all of the Directors who helped make this day a success. Many hands make light work, right down to the hand made maple leaf center pieces and the organization of the penny auction.
Fall Tour 1: Celebrating 75 years of the Huron County Forest program and small-scale timber harvest
Saturday, September 24th, 9:30 am – Noon, 41580 Morris Line (County Road #16), Stevenson Tract, west of Brussels
This tour will explore some exciting new improvements in Huron County’s second largest County forest. Starting about 75 years ago, Huron County farmers, local Councils and the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests worked together to identify and to reforest marginal farmland to protect soils and water quality. The 200 acre Stevenson Tract is a great example of those efforts. We will have some fun with a demonstration of small scale log skidding devices and take a short hike on a new trail along the historic “Sunshine Creek”. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Fall Tour 2: Successful tree planting and Fall Colour Tour
Saturday, October 22nd, 9:30 am – Noon, 36823 Londesborough Road, Ross Property and Morris Tract, west of Benmiller
Andy Ross is now several years into a very successful forest restoration project, with additional mature forest on his property backing onto the Maitland River, The neighbouring Morris Tract is a provincial nature reserve with 58 ha of upland forest, valleys, and a river valley, with a microclimate that supports trees typical of more southern climates. If the weather cooperates, we hope to see some beautiful fall colours on this tour. Email email@example.com to register.
November 2020 Newsletter:
This newsletter includes information about Gypsy Moths, details about an upcoming property tour on November 21, 2020, and a special deal for OWA members on a Woodland Emergency First Aid Kit.
H-P Woodlot November 2020
Small tour at the Haak Woodlot – November 21st 2020 – 10:00 am
Like so many other groups, the Huron-Perth Woodlot Association has been limited this year by the COVID situation with regard to our popular tours. Our President, John Haak, has kindly offered to host a small outdoor gathering at his place on Saturday November 21st at 10am. As per Ontario COVID protocols, numbers will be limited by appointment on a “first come, first serve” basis. You can RSVP directly to John by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As usual, John has been busy in his woodlands, and points of interest will include biodiverse tree planting, invasive species management and
management of both hardwoods and softwoods.
Learn about this event and more in our November newsletter: H-P Woodlot November 2020.
Much has changed in the past few weeks. The rapid progression of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada has led to the cancellation of public events and closure of most public places. While these changes have certainly been necessary, isolation from friends and family can quickly lead to feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety.
In these uncertain times, forests can be places of comfort that support both our physical and our mental health. There is no question about it; time spent in nature has been shown to improve mood, and relieve anxiety, stress, and symptoms of depression. Forest bathing, also called shinrin-yoku, is the act of being in nature and connecting with it through our senses. Soaking up the forest in this way and finding a sense of calm can be a powerful way to care for your health. While keeping some precautions in mind (see the list below for some advice), a walk through the woods can be a very safe–and often much-needed–activity at this time.
An autumn walk through the woods. Photo by: Katie Wintersgill.
A budding branch in the springtime.
Now perhaps more than ever, it is important to do what we can to maintain good health. Spring is the season when everything is coming back to life, and a walk through the woods can be a rejuvenating experience. If you go for a walk today, you will probably see fresh buds on the trees, new growth bursting through the soil, and birds and other wildlife going about their normal lives. Making time for a daily walk outdoors–while maintaining physical distance from others–should be a priority. In a time when it feels like everything has changed, signs of spring are a reminder of better times to come.
Here are some important tips for spending time outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Practice social distancing. This means keeping a distance from others of 2 metres (6 feet) or greater. If you are hiking on a trail, you may need to briefly step off the trail to let others pass safely.
- Do not go out if you feel ill or are under quarantine. Refer to current guidelines for self-isolation from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
- Do not congregate in groups, and minimize your interactions with individuals outside of your household.
- Pay attention to local restrictions that have been implemented in the past couple of weeks. Several Conservation Areas in Ontario and all Provincial Parks are closed at this time. National Parks are currently closed to motorized vehicles, and public facilities are closed.
Now is the time to appreciate our woodlands for what they do to help us cope. It is my hope that when all of this has passed, everyone will come to appreciate our forests a little more for all that they have done for us.
The Annual General Meeting was held on April 27th, 2019. Huron Perth Woodlot members toured the Pine Haven sawmill and sheds operation. View our event flyer.
Lunch was served by Janice’s Fine Country Catering, members received updates about the Huron Perth Chapter (e.g. past activities, planned activities, treasurer’s report, election of executive members).
After lunch, there was a guest talk by Paul Vandermolen of LawnMaster Landscaping and member’s draw and raffle for local gift certificates.