2010 ANNUAL GENERAL
CONFERENCE AND AGM
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES ARE ROOTED IN URBAN FORESTS
Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 6:00 PM to Friday, November 05, 2010 at 5:00 PM (ET)
Location: Four Points by Sheraton St. Catharines Niagara Suites 3530 Schmon Parkway, Thorold, Ontario L2V 4Y6 Canada
This year’s conference was dedicated to Bill Morsink, past president of the OUFC.
Bill’s career as a professional forester was impressive and wide ranging. As a student at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto in 1965, Bill worked at the guidance of Erik Jorgensen and the term ‘Urban Forestry” was actually developed as a result of Bill’s study of municipal tree disease management. Bill remained at the faculty and taught his specialty subject Dendrology which is tree identification reflecting on trees in winter condition to test his students.
In 1974 Bill moved on the be the municipal forester in Windsor, Toronto and North York till his retirement in 1995. Bill has a special interest in the Carolinian Forest and could names the locations of many rare trees including the Cucumber Magnolia.
Bill also had a love of Rhododendrons and volunteered his time to the Toronto Region Rhododendron & Horticultural Society.
In 2003 The Ontario Urban Forest Council offered to publish Urban Forest Scrapbook II authored by Bill Morsink, a unique collection of urban forestry stories. This being completed Bill joined as a director of OUFC and served as President for 2 terms, 2006 and 2007.
As President of the OUFC he continued to champion various urban tree issues – heritage seed preservation and planning for climate change were two he was particularly passionate about.
On the OUFC board, Bill was a marvelous positive voice, always
supporting those at the table working within their own urban tree communities in the Province. He had an encylopedic knowledge of trees which he freely shared. Bill was also willing to do whatever was required – including toiling over the financial books, which he did without complaint and only out of a sense of duty!
From the CBC Archives, Bill Morsink in Windsor tackling Dutch Elm Disease.
“TREE PRESERVATION AND THE PLANNING PROCESS: MOVING AHEAD”
Conference Program :: View PDF
• The Urban Forest Benefits Model: a prototype decision support tool linking green infrastructure and healthy communities Bradley N. Doff and Todd A. Randall View PDF
• Evergreen’s contribution to the urban forest Cam Collyer - Cam Collyer
• Gosling Wildlife Gardens The Arboretum, University of Guelph View PDF gwg – woody plant
• Re-Leaf Niagara Trees Grown by the Community, Planted by the Community, For the Community View PDF Re-LeafNiagaraUrbanForestry
• Shade for Good Health and a Green City Presented by Safoura Moazami and Alex Shevchuk View PDF ShadeForGoodHealth&AGreenCityPresentationFinal_Nov 04 10
• Sudbury’s City-Wide Forest Renewal and The School Regreening Program Peter Becket View PDF Sudbury Reforestion Peter Beckett OUFC NOV2010
• Neighbours Plant Trees That Seed A Community Jeff Otto View PDF
• Vegetation and Violence, Neighbours and Nature Studies conducted by: Frances E. Kuo and William C. Sullivan View PDF