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Ottawa City Council unanimously approved our
Living Snow Fence Pilot Program and Rural Woodlands is in the news!


Rural Woodlands is a volunteer group dedicated to preserving healthy woodlands in a diverse landscape with woodlots, wetlands, hedgerows and natural open areas. 


We work with other organizations and the City of Ottawa to raise public awareness and take action to protect our priceless rural woodland heritage.


Ottawa’s rural forests and hedgerows are being removed at an unsustainable and escalating rate

Healthy rural forests are vital for cities!


Forests and hedgerows are natural climate solutions.

Compensating farmers and other landowners for maintaining forests on their property is good public policy.

Latest News

The case for hedgerows and a living snow fences program

Check out the Rural Woodlands Article published in the February 2024 issue of Peace and Environment (PEN) News, which makes the case for hedgerows as living snow fences!


Landowners with woodlands often face the problem of trees that are damaged by wind, ice, and other natural causes. It is thought that climate change has led to an increase in extreme weather events. There is usually no insurance coverage or other assistance in these cases, which is one more reason why we should be thankful for people that look after forested land.

Rural Landscape

The rural landscape includes a mixture of agricultural use, forests, wetlands, residential areas and industrial sites.  These should all be managed together to ensure that future generations may enjoy the benefits of this variety, and to ensure that no key aspects are lost.

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