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Welcome to the October issue of the EOMF E-News!  This e-letter will help us keep our members, partners and communities current on all the latest news and events on a regular basis.
EOMF/CIF Forestry Christmas Seminar – Kemptville, ON (December 11, 2019)
Save the date!  Hosted in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Model Forest and the Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, this year’s annual seminar theme is "From Seed to Home: Telling the full story of building with sustainably harvested wood".   This this  year’s event will focus on telling the full story of how building with wood is the most sustainable option, from the time the tree is planted in the forest to when the final product is used for the build.  We will hear how a forest can be managed for multiple forest values such as recreation, wildlife and clean water, all while providing a continuous supply of wood to feed the local mill.  We will also hear how building codes are changing to allow for taller wood structures, and how new technology can produce stronger wood products with less to meet these demands.  This will be a great opportunity for those who wish to understand why building with wood is a good choice, from both an ecological and engineering perspective.   A detailed agenda and registration information will follow and will be posted on the EOMF website.
Renfrew County Woodlot Conference – Eganville, ON (November 23, 2019)
Plan to attend this premier event for woodlot owners.  This year’s  theme “How to Turbo Charge the Value of your Woodlot” will cover topics such as: how tree marking enhances the value of your woodlot;  manage your woodlot to better withstand extreme weather events; create habitat to enhance the wildlife value of your woodlot; and homesteaders to economic influencers.  Location: Eganville Community Centre.  Registration: $15.00 (OWA members) & $20.00 (non-members).  Registration includes hot roast beef lunch.  Conference agenda & registration details.
Forest Pest Management Forum 2019 – Ottawa, ON (December 3–5, 2019)
Organized by Natural Resources Canada in support of the National Forest Pest Strategy, the Forum is the largest and most significant gathering of forest pest management experts, managers and practitioners in Canada. The objectives are to share information on current and future pest conditions, pest control operations, environmental issues and the development of alternatives to chemical insecticides, as well as to discuss new technology and the latest research findings.  More details
Save the Date!  (Again, this year, it is a Friday!) 
Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference – Kemptville, ON (February 21, 2020)
Be sure to join us for the 33rd edition of the conference!  The theme is “What your Forest can do for you”, touching on topics including Economic Value of the Forest, Wildlife, Forest Edibles, Fire Management, Forest Health and Available Programs, among others.  The conference will also feature forestry exhibits of all sorts, along with an ‘Ask an Expert’ booth, chainsaw raffle, and much more.  Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of our keynote speaker!
Researchers used laser sensor technology to measure canopy
CBC News… “Nearly half of the National Capital Region is under the cover of trees, according to a new aerial survey of the area.  The survey, billed by the National Capital Commission as the first of its kind, was carried out in the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019 by the University of Vermont in partnership with the NCC and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau.  Researchers used laser sensor technology to detect every tree at least two metres in height.  The survey showed that overall, 46 per cent of the region is covered in trees. Seventy-six per cent of NCC lands, including Gatineau Park, is under tree cover, while 45 per cent of Gatineau and just 31 per cent of Ottawa is green. The figures for Ottawa and Gatineau exclude NCC lands.”  More details
Ontario government investing $4M in Lavern Heideman & Sons
By Ellen Cools,… “Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry visited Eganville, Ont.-based Lavern Heideman & Sons today, where he announced the provincial government will invest $4 million over five years in the mill.  With this investment, Lavern Heideman & Sons will be able to significantly increase production levels and produce higher-value products. Eighteen new jobs will be created as a result of this investment.”  More details
It takes a forest to fight climate change: How a made-in-Canada national tree planting strategy can help
By Rob Keen, Forests Ontario… “Good news is rare, though it seems like nearly every day for the past few weeks there have been new commitments by global leaders to fight climate change by planting huge numbers of trees.  In my 38 years as a forester, I’ve never experienced enthusiasm for tree planting as powerful as what we’ve seen in 2019.  The trigger?  Climate change. So now, as Canadians, how do we harness and deploy large-scale tree planting on a national scale?”  More details
County celebrates opening of new forestry education centre
By Carey Moran,… “Warden George Cornell was joined by fellow County Councillors, staff and area forestry partners on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 to unveil Simcoe County Museum’s latest attraction – The Red Pine House: Forestry Education Centre.  The new building aligns with the County’s #Green&Growing forestry program and pays tribute to the region’s deep-rooted forestry history.  More details
The future of forestry in Ontario

From Northern Ontario Business… “According to Jamie Lim, CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association, the forestry sector in Ontario needs to do better.  This idea was emphasized two years ago when a colleague dropped Finland's national forestry report onto her desk. When Lim read it, she admitted, she couldn't breathe.   “When I saw what Finland was doing with their renewable natural resource, I said, well, what is wrong with us?” she said in a presentation at NORCAT in Sudbury on Sept. 18.”  More details
Moving Canada's forestry sector from good to great
By Eric Miller, Winnipeg Free Press… “If you surveyed 1,000 Canadians, as pollsters often do, and asked them to provide an example of an innovative sector, most would not name forestry.  Yet in an age of increased trade protectionism, worsening forest fires and concerns about environmental effect of materials from cement to plastic, Canada’s forest products industry is meeting these challenges head-on.  Years of extensive collaboration with governments, Indigenous communities and research partners have made Canada’s forest-products sector a global leader in product and process innovation, environmental stewardship and international trade. Yet as science transforms the materials of daily life and new markets enter the global middle class, the question before us is how do we fully unlock the economic and environmental value of Canada’s forest products industry?”   More details
Leaving more deadwood in forests enhances biodiversity: study
By Justin Dupuis,… “Increasing the amounts of deadwood in protected forests would help conserve biodiversity, according to a new University of Alberta review.  Published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, it showed that increasing the amount of deadwood in boreal and temperate forests increased populations of insects and fungi that depend on it as habitat.”   More details
FSC Celebrates its 25th anniversary with an eye on the future
From Forest Stewardship Council… “The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is celebrating 25 years of taking care of the world’s forests, having opened its first office in Oaxaca, Mexico in August 1994.  As the birthplace of FSC, Mexico has a special place in its heart and history.  In 1994, the FSC Secretariat opened its doors in Oaxaca with only three staff members.  In 2003 it relocated its headquarters to Bonn, Germany. Today the organization has expanded to become a globally recognized body with a staff of 355 in 50 offices, across five continents.  Globally, around 200 million hectares of forests are FSC-certified.  In achieving this, FSC has created a new paradigm for stakeholder involvement in forest management.”   More details
Ontario government to release new forest sector strategy
By Ellen Cools,… “The government of Ontario will be releasing a new forest sector strategy for the province this fall.  According to a statement from Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, John Yakabuski, to mark the start of National Forest Week, the new plan identifies tangible steps to create the right conditions for the industry to innovate and attract investment.”  More details
Fighting fire with fire management
Letter by Derek Nighbor, Forest Products Association of Canada, The Global & Mail… “Re The Amazon’s Forest Fires Are A Global Peril – But So Are Canada’s (Sept. 7).  In his article, contributor Arno Kopecky compares Canada’s boreal forest to the recent devastation in the Amazon. But in Canada, we in fact operate under rules designed to keep forests as forests forever.  We manage forests for environmental and social values, including biodiversity, carbon and recreation.  More details
Extensive study finds number of North American birds has dropped by 3 billion since 1970
By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press… “An extensive study of hundreds of bird species across decades worth of data has for the first time estimated how badly numbers of even the most common birds have shrunk.  The paper, published Thursday in the journal Science, concludes the total number of North American birds has dropped by three billion since 1970 – about 30 per cent. Some of the most familiar species have been the hardest hit.  “The species like pigeons and house sparrows and starlings, species we think of as thriving in urban environments, even those species are in steep decline,” said Adam Smith, an Environment Canada scientist and the paper’s co-author.”  More details
County's forest program funded by its own timber sales
By Jessica Owen,… “The Summer 2019 timber sales report came before Simcoe County council last week, showing the county raked in $782,355 from the sales of their surplus timber. The money will go toward fully funding the forestry department’s operations for another year, with leftovers to go into reserves earmarked for future forest expansion acquisition costs.  “The forestry department is unique in that sense,” said Graeme Davis, a forester with the county. “It’s a somewhat unique model even beyond Simcoe County.”  “Forestry is a long-term business. We take a long-term view here. We’re like a self-contained business unit,” he added.”  More details
More Support Needed For Tree Planting In Ontario
By Hilary Thomson,… “Canopy Growth announced a $100,000 donation to Forests Ontario last month to aid in the organization’s tree planting initiatives. However, Ed Patchell, CEO of the FFC, says it is not enough. The $100,000 donation will only help plant about 50,000 trees in Ontario, a small fraction of the Ontario government’s former goal of 3 million a year. According to Forests Ontario, experts have determined that a minimum 30% tree cover is needed to maintain a healthy and sustainable ecosystem. In some places in Ontario, the forest cover is as low as five per cent, which compromises the health of our ecosystems and their inhabitants.”  More details
Turning the Food Chain Upside Down
By Brett Amy,… “As a kid, I was fascinated and terrified by the idea of carnivorous plants. Growing up in suburban New Jersey, my only exposure to this particular subset of the plant kingdom was the ravenous, larger-than-life Venus fly trap in Little Shop of Horrors. If I stumbled upon a carnivorous plant in real life, I wondered, would it have teeth? If I ventured too close, would it grab on to my finger and never let go?”  More details
Science of (late) summer: Why it suddenly feels like fall
Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen… “We know fall is coming, but why so quickly?  The answer is in the sun, and its annual end-of-summer sprint.  Only twice a year — the start of spring and the start of fall — does the change of season happen so quickly.  And the changing position of the sun in our sky is the reason.  We’re now losing more than three minutes of daylight every day, a major shift since the beginning of summer when the daily change was only a few seconds.  Here’s how the numbers add up.”  More details
We need to do more to protect heritage trees
By Mark &  Ben Cullen,… “Want a single best answer to the question, “What can we do about climate change?”  Answer: plant trees.  It is remarkable how much we have learned about the functions of trees in recent years.  Environmentally, we know this for sure: our oldest and largest trees are performing yeoman’s service when it comes to producing oxygen, capturing carbon and filtering toxins out of rainwater. The big trees in your neighbourhood are working for you, today. The young ones are growing into the environmental workhorses of the next generation.  So why aren’t we doing more to protect heritage trees?” More details
Plants are going extinct up to 350 times faster than the historical norm
By Jaco Le Roux,… “Earth is seeing an unprecedented loss of species, which some ecologists are calling a sixth mass extinction. In May, a United Nations report warned that 1 million species are threatened by extinction. More recently, 571 plant species were declared extinct.  But extinctions have occurred for as long as life has existed on Earth. The important question is, has the rate of extinction increased? Our research, published today in Current Biology, found some plants have been going extinct up to 350 times faster than the historical average – with devastating consequences for unique species.”  More details
Does condition of host tree affect host emerald ash borer performance?
From Natural Resources Canada… “For invasive species, how successful adult insects are in various life history processes influences how well invaders can colonize and reproduce.  Previous studies have examined the effect of host condition on larval performance. This study was designed to test how the health of an ash tree influences the condition of adult EAB that develop within it.”  More details
Majestic forest once covered much of Hamilton
Dust-bowl conditions on logged out land and a decimated Niagara Escarpment raised alarm

By Tom Hogue, The Hamilton Spectator… “Pine trees the size of wind turbines towered over thick stands of oak and walnut in a rain forest setting that stretched from Dundas to Lake Erie.  A natural wonder from today's perspective, but this 18th century local landscape was an obstacle to settlers who needed to clear land for crops.  Hardwood forests were simply set fire after choice softwood pines were culled for British naval masts.”  More details
A Day in the Life of Earth
From CBC… “Every day on earth the world’s plants grow 300 million tonnes, the same as an oak tree 3.5 km high.  In a single day on earth earthquakes release energy equivalent to 650,000 tonnes of TNT”.  More details
NAFTA panel says U.S. can't show harm from Canadian softwood industry
The Canadian Press… “A joint NAFTA panel has given the United States three months to rethink its tariffs on imported Canadian softwood lumber but the saga for Canada’s troubled softwood companies is far from over.  The five panel members — including three Canadians and two Americans — said in a ruling Wednesday they couldn’t agree with the U.S. International Trade Commission that there was evidence Canadian imports were causing injury to the U.S. industry. It gave the commission 90 days to reconsider the evidence it used to draw that conclusion.”  More details
Fiery visions from space              
Nicole Di Donato, CTV Northern Ontario… “A new satellite allowing detection and monitoring of wildfires from space is estimated to launch by 2025.  One of the leaders on the project, Josh Johnston, is based out of the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.  "It's important to start it now because we're going to need it tomorrow… when you're trying to fight a fire, you need to know very specific things about the fire. Where is it? How big is it? How fast is it moving? Which direction? You know, what sort of ways can I suppress that fire? The satellite is actually going to provide all of that information," said Johnston.”  More details
The information and opinions expressed in the articles posted in the e-letter are those of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the policy of the EOMF.

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