Planting trees creates a woodland ecosystem while deriving revenue from the sustainable harvest of forest products such as timber, fuel wood, fruit and nuts. Timberline Farm is 149 acres. In the picture to the left the green lines show where trees have been planted in the last two years, and the yellow lines represent where trees will be planted over the next 7. To help visualize just how big 149 acres is, it is the equivalent of nearly 120 football fields, end zones and all. That is a big chunk of the environment with a huge potential to be functional wildlife habitat, and the soils and trees of this farm have the ability to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help offset the carbon emissions of the surrounding communities. So here at Timberline farm, in the spirit of environmental stewardship, more than half of the land, 80.5 acres to be precise, is devoted to wildlife conservation initiatives. In partnership with the OSCIA (Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association) 65 acres of hay fields (outlined in black) are managed for the reproductive success of the threatened ground nesting bird, the bobolink. This is achieved through adhering to the guidelines laid out through the GHFIP (Grassland Habitat Farm Incentive Program), to ensure that the grasslands these birds nest in are not disturbed by farm production activities. The remaining 15.5 acres of the 80.5 are forested wetlands, which through the MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) have been officially designated as conservation areas due to their ecological classification as Class 1 Provincially Significant Wetlands. This means that the ecosystems they contain provide the most valuable habitat possible for many native Ontario plants and animals.
Think Globally, Act locally!
From Jared, the Timberline Farmer
Environmental stewardship is the driving force behind Timberline Farm. A rough definition would be the practice of caring for land as though it were a living, breathing entity with its own set of rights. This means recognizing the land's environmental, ecological and cultural heritage so that it is managed to sustain the value of these features for future generations and the planet as a whole.
The rest of the farm, 68.5 acres, though not officially protected is still being managed as if it is. Through sustainable organic farming methods, tree planting projects and wildlife habitat protection efforts Timberline Farm is a proud steward of this land for the benefit of the environment and everyone and everything. By purchasing products such as grass fed beef and pasture raised pork, your dollars directly contribute to reaching Timberline Farm's environmental stewardship goals.
The reason livestock is raised at Timberline farm is to supply the necessary funding to take care of this land in a way that not only sustains, but enhances the ecological and cultural environment it is home to. Raising livestock on pasture means that the fields can be maintained as a grassland ecosystem without plowing the land or using pesticides.