Events & Updates

Dec. 8, 2014 - Please note that surveying is being completed on the project site in order to re-establish the property boundaries.  This is for the purpose of attaching an up-to-date survey plan to the conservation easement that will protect the Old-Growth Forest lands in perpetuity.
     Neighbours, please do not be alarmed, there are no plans for development.  Please check back with the website to stay current on the progress of the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest, the 500-year project.

The Plant an Old-Growth Forest Project has a slightly amended name and will now be called the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest.  This ecological restoration and conservation project on 40 hectares began in 2006 and is integral to the work and mission of Ignatius Jesuit Centre (IJC) in sharing the sacredness of Creation through spiritual development and the caring for the land.
     The Plant an Old-Growth Forest name created some confusion as to the definition of old-growth forest and how IJC is establishing one.  A mature and diverse forest with trees of various sizes and in various life stages, and supporting great abundance of plant, animal, and microbial life requires a long time to develop - it's the 500-year project. The tree planting efforts in the last few years are only one element of promoting the conditions under which this forest development can occur.
     Both financial support and community involvement continue to remain vital to the success of the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest in promoting the conditions for an old-growth forest ecosystem to develop and provide a place of spiritual sanctuary.
     The Ignatius Old-Growth Forest continues to foster a complex ecological habitat and natural corridor just north of the city of Guelph.  We truly are planting the seeds of something big and appreciate your ongoing support!

The tree plantings for 2014 are now completed.  Thank you to all of the school groups who took part in this year's tree plantings.  Thank you to our tree suppliers, the Grand River Conservation Authority and the County of Wellington's Green Legacy Program.  Since planting began in 2011, there have been over 2000 new trees planted.