News & Media Corner


"Urban Forest; Nice to Have? No: Need to Have"

“Urban trees and woodlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services to society, for example, flood risk reduction, air purification, and moderation of urban heat islands.” by Helen J. Davis et al, in
“Business attitudes towards funding ecosystem services provided by urban forests”

Registration is now open!

Hosted in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Model Forest and the Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, this year’s annual Christmas Forest Seminar will focus on the urban and near-urban forest.


Discussions on this subject have traditionally been about around selling the concept that trees are important to have in and around urban centres. However, with changes to our climate, and the increasing awareness about the direct health links between humans and nature, our "want" is transforming more into a "need". We will be hosting a range of speakers from across Ontario who work within our urban and near-urban forests to share their perspectives how they manage this critical resource.

pdfClick here for the poster

Feature Presentations include:

  • National Context: Examples of Urban Forestry Best Practices across Canada
    Michael Rosen, Tree Canada
  • From Nice to Have to Must Have: Making the Case for Green Infrastructure in York Region
    James Lane, York Region Forest
  • Key Actions under the new Sustainable Development Strategy: NCC’s Contribution to Urban Forests in the Ottawa Area
    Geneviève Mercier, National Capital Commission
  • City of Ottawa: The Vision for a Forested Future
    Nick Stowe/Martha Copestake, City of Ottawa
  • Moderated Q&A Session and Re-cap of the Day
    Astrid Nielsen, Eastern Ontario Model Forest

Registration in advance will be required by December 7, 2018. The registration fee is $40 and includes morning refreshments and lunch. You can register online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF "One Time Payment" window or by calling 613-713-1525.

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

Location: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Rd. 44, Kemptville, ON .
Time: 08:30 am to 1:30 pm.