Take a walk in the woods
CASTLETON — The Quinte Chapter, Ontario Wood lot Association invites you to a Forest Field Day Oct. 14 at a family woodlot just north of Castleton.
The event is a walk-and-talk that features forestry activities, advice and aid, the press release said.
“This is a great opportunity for woodlot owners and nature-lovers to enjoy an all-purpose day in the forest, and see the bountiful results of local stewardship labour in a woodlot,” it stated.
The site, which belongs to George Ryken, includes a trout pond, conifer plantation sand natural up land mixed forests. The owner will provide a history of his farm and woodlot, including his involvement in the American Chestnut Recovery Program. As well, during a leisurely stroll through the woods, Ryken will share information on past forest-management activities.
Professional forester David Smallwood will be present to make suggestions on potential future activities in the natural stands. A commercial thinning is planned among the plantations on this property, and Smallwood will discuss the processes involved in this operation.
Woodlot owners will have plenty of time to seek advice on woodlot questions. There will also be opportunities to see invasive species (such as Dog-strangling Vine and Buckthorn) and discuss the best control methods. Members of the Upper Trent Valley, and the Woodlot Association’s Limestone and Quinte chapters will be there to expand the discussion and add their experience.
The address is 217 Morganston Rd., north of Castleton, and the event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for Ontario Woodlot Association members (and by donation for nonmembers). Lunch will not be provided, but coffee, tea, cider and snacks will be served.
The Quinte Woodlot Association supports area woodlot owners in the south half of Hastings and Northumberland Counties, and in Prince Edward County.
The Ontario Woodlot Association is the voice for private woodlands in Ontario, emphasizing the importance of sustainably managed forests for the benefit of all in Ontario. Follow more information, visit www.ontariowoodlot.com. email@example.com twitter.com/NT_cnasmith