Take a walk in the woods

Northumberland Today - - FRONT PAGE - CE­CILIA NASMITH

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. cna­smith@post­media.com twit­ter.com/NT_c­na­smith

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