Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s 38th Annual Forest Health Review

In order to accommodate increasing attendance, this is the second year for the event to be held at the Geneva Park YMCA facilities. Geneva Park is located just east of Orillia at 6604 Rama Rd, L3V 6H6, (705) 325-2253 on the picturesque shores of Lake Couchiching.

Please see the attached map for directions. For those needing accommodations, rooms are available at Geneva Park itself, at Casino Rama (705) 329-3325, or at the Days Inn (705) 326-8288, all of which are close by.

This annual meeting presents the latest information on forest health conditions in Ontario, forest invasive species, pest management programs, and research results. Highlights include federal expansion of the quarantine for emerald ash borer, the eradication program for Asian long-horned beetle, and an update on hemlock woolly adelgid (a new invasive species under eradication in Ontario) including a presentation from Dr. Mark Whitmore of Cornell University. There will also be results of recent research projects in forest health, reports on the major insect, disease, and extreme weather events in Ontario forests, and a presentation from Dr. Bob Heyd on forest health issues in Michigan

This meeting provides information for policy developers, resource managers, foresters, ecologists, conservation authorities, forest industry, pest management companies, academics, students, land owners, municipalities, and others interested in forest health in Ontario.

The meeting starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There is no registration fee, but to assist with planning please register by e-mail to Laurie Anne Ryan,  (705) 945-5876.

Our mission is to enhance and promote the care and benefit of trees for present and future generations in Ontario through education, research and awareness.