Event Details

February 12, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm
Best Western North Bay Hotel & Conference Centre (Room: Ontario BC)
North Bay, Ontario


Landowner Survey

Click here to take a survey on agriculture & agroforestry-related practices (see below for details).

Event Scope

Riparian buffer systems – or plant buffers between agricultural lands and bodies of water – helps prevent surface runoff and improve water quality. However, the influence of these systems in relation to carbon sequestration and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is not yet widely understood.

Join us for a workshop to discuss the findings of an ongoing research project which is currently investigating the chemical, biological and physical processes influencing GHG emissions in riparian buffer systems, and how these systems can strengthen agroforestry best practices and provide insights towards climate change mitigation strategies.

Topics include:

  • Quantification of climate change mitigation potential of riparian buffers
  • Ecosystem services associated with riparian agroforestry systems
  • Carbon and nitrogen dynamics and their GHG mitigation potential
  • Effects of forested riparian buffers on phosphorus flows from soils to water streams
  • Barriers to the adoption of agroforestry systems and practices in Ontario

This project is funded by Agriculture and AgriFood Canada through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP). The multi-university research initiative is lead by the University of Guelph, with project partners from the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto and Université de Sherbrooke.


Riparian Buffer Plantings Workshop
Francis Gallo, Project Director - Biomass North Development Centre

Riparian Buffer Systems and Associated Ecosystem Services for Rural Communities
Naresh Thevathasan, Associate Professor - University of Guelph

Barriers to the Adoption of Agroforestry Systems and Practices in Ontario
Brent Coleman - Forest Environments Universal

Role of Riparian Buffer Systems and its Potential Contribution to Climate Change
Sowthini Vijayakumar, Graduate Research Assistant - University of Guelph

Carbon Sequestration Potential of Riparian Buffers in Southern Ontario
Enoch Ofosu, Ph.D Strudent - University of Guelph

Temporal Comparison of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Among 4 Riparian Land Uses in Southern Ontario
Megan Baskerville, Graduate Student - University of Waterloo

Ontario's 50 Million Tree Program
Stephanie Prince, Stewardship Coordinator - Forests Ontario/Forest Recovery Canada

Characterizing Soil Hydromorphism in Washington Creek Riparian Systems
Komathy Prapagar, Graduate Student - University of Guelph

Quantification of Soil Microstructure Dynamics
Richard Heck, Associate Professor - University of Guelph

Soil Structure Parameters in Agroforestry Riparian Buffers and Grass Buffer using X-ray Computed Tomography
Anastassia Lagounova, Teaching Assistant - University of Guelph

Aquatic Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Potential & Carbon (C) and Nitrogen (N) Dynamics in Riparian Agroforestry Systems
Harkirat Hundal, Graduate Student - University of Waterloo

Landowner Survey

This survey is designed to gather information that focuses on opinions and perspectives on agriculture and agroforestry-related topics. Your input will help shape planning and management tools, as well as agricultural research, that will benefit farm operators and land owners. The survey is intended for persons responsible for decision making related to farming and land management practices, and will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the survey.

Please contact us for further details on this project.

176 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 10A - North Bay, Ontario