Forests and Nature-Based Solutions
Working Group

Our Mission

Climate Network Lanark’s Forestry and Nature Based Climate Solutions Working group is engaged with the conservation of forests and wetlands which store significant amounts of carbon, as well as planting initiatives that promote native species selection and education around care. 

The Forestry and Nature Based Climate Solutions working group focuses on conservation, planting and education, particularly in regards to Lanark’s Green Gems.

What we are working on

Alternative Land Use

We are currently working with the County to bring the ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) program to Lanark, which would pay farmers to transform their underused lands into ecologically beneficial habitats and carbon storage zones.


If you would like to volunteer with the Forests and Nature-Based Solutions Working Group, please sign up to be part of the network, or email our Working Group Facilitator, Jay Young.

Who We Are

Scott Hortop 
Scott’s background includes 8 years as a Nursing Home Administrator and construction project manager, 12 years in Haiti in TB control and public health vaccination, 6 years with ProWater Group business for thirst world cities and 15 years with ZENON Environmental and GE Water & Process Technologies. A grandfather of 13, he is now retired. He currently produces fungal dominant compost from Almonte’s fallen leaves as an inoculant used in regenerating degraded farmland, facilitating CNL’s Farms Working Group and working with CNL’s Compost and Forestry Working Groups. A Member of Naismith Men’s Shed, he can also be found sawing logs with Woodland Mills sawmill.  

Myrna Lee
Myrna has been involved in environmental concerns since the publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson in 1962, so has experienced climate change with eyes wide open. First-hand experience with the unexpected effects of climate change came when her daughter was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease caused by the infestation of Ontario by Lyme-laden ticks. Myrna has a BA in Sociology/Anthropology, a combined diploma in Computer Programming/Systems Analysis and a Masters’ Degree in Education and is certified to teach in Ontario. She has worked in office administration, computer programming, web development, adult training and teaching.

Jay Young – Group Facilitator
Jay Young lives outside Clayton, Ontario and is a husband and father of two boys. As project manager with Carebridge Community Support, he leads the development of the Neighbourhood Tomato Community Farm initiative. Jay also works with Climate Network Lanark providing support in the development of their Nature-based Climate Solutions and assistance to bring the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program to Lanark County. Prior to these roles, he was the project manager of Generation SDG for the United Nations Association in Canada, and throughout his professional career, he has been an editor, a writer, an educator and a manager, from the House of Commons to Canada’s first Forest School.

Gayda Errett
As a lay person and recreational user of forests camping, hiking, skiing [cross-country/downhill] and horseback trail riding, I am a concerned person when it comes to preserving and conserving forests. I was involved in advocacy work, lobbying Lanark County to take its trails into the public forum. Other than working with Forest Rangers in the Kananaskis as a volunteer and living on forest property, I do not condone clear-cutting, or removal of old growth forests, nor mining sensitive areas where the caribou live. 

Gord Harrison
Gord Harrison enjoyed a long career as an environment and climate change educator, working locally, nationally and internationally. He served as the Director of Education programs for the Pembina Institute, and Executive Director of the GreenLearning Canada Foundation. Locally he developed  a state of the environment report for the Stewardship Council and a strategic plan for the County’s Community Forests. Gord is a Director of the Lanark County Stewardship Council. “Connecting with place/the land  informed my work as an educator, grounds me mentally and spiritually, and is at the heart of CNL.” Gord lives at Indigo Wood (named after the Indigo Buntings that nest there) with two-footed and four-footed family.


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