Local Wood Initiative

People, Forests and Homes. And how they fit together.

The Local Wood Initiative is all about People, Forests and Homes, and how they fit together. This  program examines our consumption of resources and promotes ways to save energy, money and the earth by cutting our green house gas emissions. The project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Local Wood Initiative is a multi-dimensional project that pools many resources in the county. The goal is to create a healthier local economy and a healthier environment. All residents of Hastings County will benefit: from students of all ages to landowners and local producers. Go through the greenhouse gas awareness checklist and check Resources to find ways of reducing your greenhouse gas emissions.

Rural Property Owner Visits

The initiative helps rural property owners improve the energy efficiency of their homes, explore sources of renewable energy, and find ways to manage their woodlots and farmland more sustainably. 

Alternatives for land use, such as firewood, maple syrup or selective logging can pay dividends to the landowner and increase the efficiency of the land use in terms of storing carbon. Connecting suppliers with markets will boost our local economy on many levels.

For a free visit from our professionals. please contact Matt Caruarna infoathastingstewardship.ca (613) 391-9034


Forestry Day for Grades Seven and Eight isesch year in May. Nature Connects is for younger students with classroom and outside activities. For more information please contact Virginia deCarle virginiadecarle2014atgmail.com (613) 334-7547


Louise Livingstone

251 Goods Road, 
Stirling, Ontario K0K3E0 (613) 395-4388, infoatharvesthastings.ca 

Matt Caruana

214 St Marks Road, Marmora, ON K0K2M0 (613) 391-9034, infoathastingsstewardship.ca

Virginia deCarle

Bancroft and Area Forest Industry Association, (613) 334-7547 virginiadecarle2014atgmail.com