The trees and lakes in Muskoka, and many other Canadian Shield regions, are suffering because they don’t have enough calcium.
Wood ash is an excellent source of calcium, but much of the ash from wood stoves is wasted. Some goes to landfills; some is dumped in backyard ash piles. Many tons of firewood from central Ontario forests are trucked to wood stoves in southern Ontario, where forests and waterways do not need more calcium. We want to see this tremendous resource put to good use with a wood ash recycling program that will gather wood ash from local wood stoves as well as from wood stoves in southern Ontario and spread it in forests in Muskoka and beyond where it is of greatest benefit.Continue Reading