|Pieter Leenhouts (President)
Pieter and his partner Carroll enjoy living on their woodlot in what used to be Rideau Township and is now the City of Ottawa. The lot was an abandoned farm in the late 60’s and later afforested through the WIA Program with mostly white spruce, red pine, white pine, and accidental tamaracks. There are also large stands of white cedar, ash and other pioneer tree species. The property also includes a large portion of a provincially significant wetland. Since retirement Pieter has been able to get busy in the woodlot which he enjoys immensely. He remains active on the Board of Directors of the OWA and the Chapter. It is thanks to the OWA that Pieter has got to know his woodlot so much better, and hopes to extend the same benefits to as many other woodlot owners as possible. Meanwhile, Pieter continues to offer his services as a consulting engineer in his previous profession
Bob graduated from McGill University with a BSc. in 1966 and retired from IBM Canada in Toronto in 2002 after a career of 36 years.
Bob and his wife Barbara moved to Lanark in 2007 and purchased a 325 acre property.
Roughly 250 acres are woodlot or areas of wetlands with 83 acres designated as provincially significant wetlands.
Bob’s objective is to create a family homestead, learning how to live both on and off of the land.
In 2010, working with the Rideau Valley C.A.,14,000 (White & Red) pine trees were planted in vacant fields of poor quality.
The woodlot is being managed under a MFTIP and some 40 acres of cedar bush have been marked for thinning.
Born and raised in Toronto, Don attended the University of Toronto, where he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Geology and a Master of Business Administration. He was employed by International Nickel, RioAlgom Mines and the Federal Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. Don purchased 199 acres of abandoned farmland at Tatlock, Lanark County in 1973. He reforested and improved the bush by pruning and thinning. Some commercial harvesting of cedar and maple was undertaken prior to 2000.
Don joined the OWA almost at its inception and has served on the board of the Lower Ottawa Valley Chapter since 2009.
Kerry graduated from the University of Guelph in 1974 with an Hon BSc. He has been retired for three years after a 35 year career with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He worked as a wildlife biologist for most of his career and spent the last ten years as an Area Supervisor in the Kemptville District.
Kerry owns a 115 acre woodlot in the Toledo area, south of Smiths Falls. The woodlot is part of the family farm, which has been in the family from when it was first settled in the early 1800’s by James Bell, who emigrated from Ireland.
Kerry enjoys hunting and viewing wildlife. Wildlife habitat improvement is one of his management objectives for his property. He cuts firewood on his property and is pleased his son, the next generation, has an interest in the property.
Kerry is also involved with Ducks Unlimited, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, the Leeds and Grenville Stewardship Council and the Friends of Limerick Forest. He also does some management consulting.
Nancy is a Forester with the City of Ottawa, Chair of CIF Algonquin section, OWA-LOVC Board member, provisional member of OPFA, MFPA, tree marker, butternut health assessor, etc. Graduate of Lakehead University’s HBSc Forestry program in 2005, followed by silviculture field work across northern Ontario, forestry extension and communications for the Forestry Research Partnership based in Mattawa, and several forestry placements with MNR in Algonquin Park, Kemptville District, Guelph District, and Southern Region (Peterborough), finally landing in urban forestry and community forest management in Ottawa.
My purpose in life is to protect trees and forests while at the same time promoting their sustainable use. I am so proud to be part of an organisation that makes the love of forests and forestry accessible for all to share and learn. One day I hope to have a woodlot of my own where I can work, study, and play for years to come, but for now I will gladly take the opportunity to learn from other woodlot owners!
|Peter von Moos|
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