Useful new link added

I have added the Online Woodland Stewardship to the Ready Reference links section (see left-hand column). Though it is a U.S. web site it is oriented to the Great Lakes states, the vast majority of which can be applied to our area. The site has a wide range of useful articles, tools and resources to help private woodland owners managing their forest effectively and responsibly. Of particular interest, Continue reading

Members’ Area Password Change

Your password to access the Members’ Areas of the web site will be changing effective February 1st (Monday). At that time we will also be launching a new member feature, an opt-in Member Directory to allow members to find and connect with each other based on location or shared interests. All current (2016 paid) members will receive a new password on Feb 1st. If you still need to renew click here.

Call for Directors

Directors of the Association will be elected at our Annual General Meeting, February 27, in Williamsford. The BGWA Board thanks all Directors returning for another term and also seeks new and additional Directors. Any member in good standing may be a Director, whether you are a property owner or not, whether you are relatively new to woodlands & forest management or have years of experience, all you need to contribute is your interest, ideas and enthusiasm! To nominate another member, or offer up yourself, contact BGWA President Chris Vanderhout by email or phone 519-665-7414

Your forest: Your own personal wellness centre

If you own a woodland property you are no doubt aware of the enjoyment and relaxation to be had from a walk through it. With the popularity of “forest bathing” in Japan, science is now documenting a whole range of benefits from the forest on your doorstep, ranging from improved mood and sleep to slashed stress levels and even a boost in immune system function that may even help to fight cancer. Add this comprehensive article detailing the benefits of being in the forest and the research behind it to your Saturday reading, then enjoy your woodlands in a whole new light this weekend.