Introduction

The Upper Trent Valley Chapter (UTV) serves eastern Peterborough and central Hastings Counties. We were the third Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association to form, beginning as an informal association of woodlot owners in 1995 and joining the OWA the year after.

Our members own woodlots of varying sizes and forest types. The area served by the UTV is unique, with the area south of Highway 7 being predominantly farmland and to the north is the Canadian Shield, where it is generally rocky with thin soil, with the higher ground often divided by many seasonally flooded valleys and beaver ponds.

The UTV Chapter holds two main events a year, a spring and a fall workshop. Our workshops feature a wide variety of topics. Recent workshop topics have included hardwood crop tree selection, logging practices, identification of forest plants, growing trees from seed, controlling nuisance beaver, and harvesting cedar limbs for oil extraction.

Our focus is on education and our aim is to create more public awareness of the desirability of managing private woodlots in a planned, sustainable fashion. Our method is to provide a friendly environment for sharing knowledge and experiences and to bring woodlot owners and expert speakers together in workshops and woodlot tours. All our events except the annual general meeting are open to the public.

Our Mission

The OWA promotes the sustainable management of Ontario’s privately owned forest by providing our members with guidance and advice, and by representing their interests through a united provincial voice. We are working to ensure that Ontario’s privately owned forest will always contribute to the health of our society, our environment and the economy.

Our Goals

We will achieve our Vision and Mission by fulfilling the following goals:

1. Be the principal voice for private forest owners throughout Ontario and work actively to represent their interests before government, the public and the forest industry.

2. Be a key source of information about sustainable forest management and private land ownership and educate OWA members about all aspects of owning and managing forested land.

3. Expand awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management beyond our membership.

4. Monitor and respond to issues that affect privately owned forests

5. Facilitate and influence changes to government policy (e.g., the tax system) to ensure that it is economically viable to own and manage private woodlots and forests.

6. Increase OWA membership and the number of Chapters; also encourage and support Chapter activities.

7. Increase and diversify the OWA’s sources of revenue.