The OFA has always been a strong supporter of real Christmas trees. Artificial trees don't quite compare to a real one when it comes to looks or smell. More importantly, it seems as though real Christmas trees may actually be the more environmental choice. A study done in February 2009 looked at a very thorough assessment of real versus artificial trees. While each has their own advantages, the real conclusion seemed to be that real trees are the more "green" choice. Not only do the trees sequester carbon during their growth, they are also biodegradable, provide important habitat during the growth of the tree, and are a renewable resource. For the entire report, click here.
The OFA is proud to start a public conversation about forestry in Ontario with an evening event to take place in Toronto - Without Wood: a public discussion about forestry in Ontario. The launch event will take place during National Forest Week, on Tuesday September 24th, 2013. For more information, visit www.oforest.ca/withoutwood
The Ontario Envirothon team from West Hill Secondary School in Owen Sound finished in 6th place at the 2013 North American Envirothon! This is the third year in a row that the competition included a five member team from West Hill Secondary School. Read more...
West Hill Secondary School defended their title and became the Ontario Envirothon Champions! They will go on to represent Ontario at the North American Envirothon this summer in Montana. Congratulation goes to all teams that participated in this year's online competition!
The OFA is the voice for forests and good forest management in Ontario. Memberships makes the OFA a strong and powerful advocate for private land forests in Ontario and helps the OFA to inspire youth through programs like Envirothon, Focus on Forests and Forest Careers. The OFA is important- become a member today!
The Ontario Forestry Association supports sustainable forest management on private and public forests across Ontario. Through strong legislation and oversight, Ontario's crown land forests are managed to the highest standards for the benefit of Ontario's economy and environment. Our working forests provide jobs and support communities for millions of people. Read more...
MEDIA ADVISORY - Alliston, ON (pdf)
The Ontario Forestry Association's 64th annual conference will stimulate a discussion about the potential for wood, a truly renewable resource, on both private and public forests in Ontario. This conference is attended by over 300 landowners, forestry professionals, non-government organizations and government representatives, the largest annual forestry conference in Ontario. Our Working Forest will bring together experts from industry, academia, government, and more to discuss the state of forest products today, what to expect in the future, and what this means to all of us. Read more...
On Saturday October 2012, the OFA lead a day-long woodlot tour that brought 50 city dwellers to local forests in the GTA to learn about forest management and stewardship. Participants got a chance to learn about active management, managing plantations, spoke with a woodlot owner and learned about management on municipal property. For photos, visit our Facebook Page.
In addition to the usual dispute as to one's yearly naughty-or-nice status, this holiday season there is another cause for debate. Public opinion is divided between the Christmas tree choices: real or fake.
A recent poll shows Ontarians are almost evenly split on whether they consider an artificial or real tree to be the most environmentally friendly. Read more...
The OFA participated in Bancroft Forestry Day on June 7th, organized by the Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association. The day was filled with all things forestry, with the goal of educating the over 150 students from the local area about the importance of forestry to the town of Bancroft. The OFA documented the event and created a couple of videos from the day.
Invasive Species Awareness
June 5th, 2012
We are writing in response to a June 4th article in Moneyville titled "How to make camping trips even cheaper". While we applaud the spirit of the article, encouraging people to get outdoors and enjoy Canada's wilderness, we feel we should draw attention one of the suggestions made in the article. Read more...