This year’s Go Wild Gala for the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) will be of great interest to those who love old trees.  On Saturday, November 17th our keynote speaker will be Michael Henry who will make a presentation on Ontario’s Old Growth Forests in the 21st Century.  Temple’s Sugar Bush & Restaurant will once again provide the beautiful rustic backdrop for this fun evening.

Almost three decades after the landmark Temagami protests that brought Ontario old-growth forests to the mainstream, we are in some ways ahead and in others falling behind in conserving old-growth forests. Michael Henry will look back on over 20 years spent in forest conservation and discuss some of the reasons for optimism and pessimism in the 21st century. The presentation will focus on some pressing issues we need to address; but also on progress that has been made, solutions to problems we still face, and opportunities for citizen involvement in forest conservation. There will also be a lot of great photos of old trees.

Michael Henry is co-author of Ontario’s Old-Growth Forests and has been working with Ancient Forest Exploration & Research intermittently since 1994. He has visited more of Ontario old-growth forests than most people alive today.  While he is a passionate advocate for forests, he has also selectively logged trees and enjoys woodworking. In his presentation he’ll share experiences about the eastern hemlock project, an effort to conserve some of the oldest hemlocks in the province.  He’ll provide tips on how to recognize old trees just by looking at them.

In addition to the presentation you’ll be able to enjoy a selection of delicious appetizers and desserts while you mix and mingle with friends.  The silent auction is always a great crowd-pleaser and will provide an opportunity to snap up some early Christmas gifts at great prices. You’ll find some interesting gifts of service on offer, from ecological consultations on your property to a weekend stay in a cabin on Blueberry Mountain. As this is the MMLT’s major fundraiser of the year, you can come for the fun while knowing that your contributions will help protect some of nature’s best spots.  

The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on November 17th.  Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by credit card or direct debit through the MMLT website at  Tickets are also available for cash or cheque only at Gilligallou in Almonte or Shadowfax in Perth. Ticket sales deadline is Saturday, Nov. 10.  For more information contact