The West Perth Forestry Committee (WPFC) is a group of volunteers who are committed
to promoting an awareness of the benefits of a healthy, sustainable, and diverse community forest that provides environmental, economic, and social benefits to present and future generations through stewardship activities, education, and bio-diversity.
Past and Current Projects
Tree Inventory of Mitchell
During the summers of 2003-2006, Dr. Andy Kenney and four graduate students from the University of Toronto, Department of Forestry, and Ken Maronets, Ministry of Natural Resources/Perth Stewardship Network, completed a thorough inventory of the trees in Mitchell. The “NeighbourWoods Inventory” characterized over 13,500 trees providing data on individual species including location, size, condition, heritage candidates, and value. The study also provided broader information such as distribution of species, non-native vs. native, conifers vs. deciduous. The purpose of the inventory report was to provide data for a forest management plan and to challenge the community to adopt wise stewardship activities to sustain our forests. The West Perth Forestry Committee is a response to the report’s specific recommendation to form a Sub-Committee.
Our first and biggest project to date has been the establishment of the NeighbourWoods Demonstration Forest (2009), visible from Ontario Street at the east end of Mitchell, bordering the banks of Whirl Creek. A previously under-utilized mowed turf grass area with a few clusters of existing spruce trees was transformed with 150 species of native trees and shrubs, 26 species identification and facts signs, two main roadside signs on Ontario Street and trails for the public to access the site. Our vision was to create a planting that would interest the community, providing them with an opportunity to enjoy the bio-diversity in our plantings so that they might be encouraged to do the same in their own backyards. A recent addition to the demonstration forest is a native meadow planting, providing a burst of colour and an attraction for many butterfly species.
Herbert Street Planting
This is a floodplain restoration project located along the Thames River with 130 plantings representing 11 different species. Access is open to the public through one of West Perth’s nature trails located at the end of Hebert St. (access off Wellington St.).
Logan Wind Break
Currently in the final planning stages, a natural wind break using a variety of species is being established through the co-operation of private land owners in Logan ward, the West Perth Forestry Committee and Greenbelt Farm.
Links to Benefits of Windbreaks
Presentations of Public Information Sessions by the WPFC
Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Trees (2010)
For The Love of Trees (2011) – presentation by landscapers and arborists
For The Love of Trees (2012) – guided tree walk through Mitchell
For The Love of Trees (2013) – hands-on pruning workshop part 1
For The Love of Trees (2014) – hands on pruning workshop part 2
The WPFC is an open, knowledgeable, and active committee in your community. We welcome new members of all ages. Bring your energy, share ideas, and help make a difference. If you wish more information, please contact the Municipality of West Perth (519) 348 8429, Email WPForestrycommittee@gmail.com or you may attend one of our committee meetings which are held on the second Thursday of most months in the Council Chamber located at the Municipal Office.