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Welcome to the January 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.

Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference – "Back to Basics" February 22, 2019
Join us for the 32nd Kemptville Woodlot Conference as we get “Back to Basics”!  This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Christian Messier, Professor of Forest Ecology and Urban Forestry & Scientific Director at ISFORT at the University of Quebec. Dr. Messier will address "How to Increase the Resiliency of your Woodlot in the Face of Climate Change AND Close Encounters of the Third Kind!”.
Program Highlights include: 
  • Call of the Wild: Wildlife in your Woodlot - Kerry Coleman, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • A Walk on the Sweet Side: Small-scale Maple Production - Scott Muldoon, Maple Producer
  • Wood Burning: Techniques and Tips for Hearth and Health - John Gulland, Wood Heat Organization
  • Fighting the Good Fight: Buckthorn & Other Invasives in your Woodlot - Cheyene Brunet, South Nation Conservation & Rob Ross, LImerick Forest 
Additional features include – “Ask an Expert" Booth; Chainsaw raffle; and Forestry Exhibits & Displays.
REGISTER TODAY!  Registration in advance is required by February 15, 2019. The registration fee is $35 and includes refreshments and lunch. You can register and online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF “One-Time Payment” window or by calling 613-713-1525.  Location: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Rd 44, Kemptville, ON (next to the Ferguson Forest Centre). Time: 08:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Registration, coffee & exhibits open at 8:00-9:00 am.  Check out the Poster here.
EOMF Adopts New Constitution
At our last Annual General Meeting on June 13, 2018, the proposed changes to the Constitution that were put forward by the EOMF Board were passed by members.  You can find a copy of the new Constitution here.  For reference the proposed revisions were posted on the EOMF website here.
Urban Forests: Progress and Challenges
By Tony Bull, EOMF…  On December 12th, 2018 the Eastern Ontario Model Forest and the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Institute of Forestry hosted its Christmas Forest Lecture on the subject of urban and near-urban forests – "Urban Forests: Nice to have? No, need to have".   An article summarizing the discussions has been prepared (read article).   In addition, a number of the presentations have been posted on the EOMF website (Presentations).
Spread of invasive species in Canada costs billions
From CBC News… “Bullfrogs are native to parts of Central and Eastern Canada and are even on the decline in some areas, but they have overtaken parts of southern B.C. and are known to eat native fish, frogs, salamanders, snakes, birds and turtles.  So not only do invasive species take over our natural environment, they actually threaten species at risk - Gail Wallin, executive director of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species. The cost of battling or holding back invasive species is incalculable, Wallin said, pointing out that every level of government, homeowners, farmers, businesses and other groups spend money on the fight. The annual economic impacts on agriculture, crops and forestry is estimated at $7.5 billion, she said.”  More details
Tree resin could replace fossil fuels in everything from printer ink to shoe polish
By Marlene Cimons, Nexus Media… “ The loblolly pine isn’t the first choice of Christmas tree lovers. It’s not as compact as fir or spruce, and its needles are longer, so it doesn’t hold ornaments well. But the loblolly has a storied history, nonetheless.  Today, the loblolly is serving a more noble purpose by helping limit the need for fossil fuels. Researchers, tinkering with the tree’s genetics, have found a way to reverse-engineer how the loblolly produces resin, a discovery that could help manufacturers produce greener alternatives for a range of goods now made with oil and gas, including surface coatings, adhesives, printing inks, flavors, fragrances, vitamins, household cleaning products, paint, varnish, shoe polish and linoleum.”  More details
They're real, and they're spectacular: Christmas tree farms enjoying renaissance
From CBC News… “Christmas tree farms around Ontario are reporting a banner year, with more people looking to celebrate the season with real trees instead of artificial ones.  Christine and Ian Thomas, owners of Thomas Tree Farm in North Gower, said sales are up between five and 10 per cent this year.   "This year I noticed a lot of first-time buyers," Christine Thomas said. "I think a lot of it has to do with environmental concerns, more and more people don't want to put plastic trees up in their home that ends up in a landfill."  More details
State of the Climate: Thank goodness for ocean sinks currently holding more warming extremes at bay
ABC Weather by Kate Doyle… “The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and CSIRO's joint biennial State of the Climate report has just been released and it is not the kind of report card you would want to take home to your parents just before Christmas.  For the first time, the report draws attention to "compound extreme events" when multiple variables coincide.  An extra two years has firmed-up the data to demonstrate that climate change is happening now.  Dr Helen Cleugh, the director of the climate science centre at CSIRO, said the last time the planet saw levels of CO2 this high was at least 800,000 years ago.  She said atmospheric CO2 is up 46 per cent since before the industrial era began in the 1750s.”  More details
E-Lecture Series: Forest Science Providing Real Solutions
From Natural Resources Canada… “Please join us in the New Year for the winter 2019 session of the CFS-CIF e-lecture series: The Canadian Forest Service - Forest Science Providing Real Solutions.  E-lectures take place every Wednesday from January 9th to February 27th.  Check the attached poster for speaker and presentation information as well as registration details.”  More details
The 4th Annual National Invasive Species Forum – February 12-14, 2019 Ottawa, ON
The Canadian Council on Invasive Species invites you to join leaders from across Canada to improve coordination and information sharing on invasive species prevention and management.  Participants from all levels of government, Indigenous organizations, businesses, professionals, academia and non-profits are all invited to discuss and identify shared approaches to stop the introduction and spread of invasive species to Canada’s landscapes.  More details
Ontario's Plan to Regulate Large Emitters
News Release, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks… “Ontario's Government for the People is releasing its plan to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions for public comment in January 2019. The proposal would regulate industry without imposing the federal government's carbon tax, which threatens Ontario jobs and the ability of our industries to compete internationally.”  More details
The Cost of Christmas
By Bill Hudson,…  “I wondered, as I awoke this morning, whether the cardboard and paper used to package our Christmas boxes this year will contribute to the destruction of the environment in a meaningful way — the environment which we hope can sustain our children and grandchildren far into the future.  I have the impression that forests play a major role in the cleansing and recycling of our global atmosphere. But are we cutting down the world’s forests to wrap Christmas presents?  And if so, what does that mean, in terms of earth’s future?”  More details
It’s Up to Canadians to Save the Boreal Forest — and We’re Doing a Lousy Job
By Crawford Kilian,… “Early in November, a report in the scientific journal Nature made some disturbing observations — especially for Canadians, because the news may have come too late for us to do anything about it.   The authors, who include University of Northern BC professor Dr. Oscar Venter, point out that “A century ago, only 15 per cent of Earth’s surface was used to grow crops and grow livestock. Today, more than 77 per land of land (excluding Antarctica) and 87 per cent of the ocean has been modified by the direct effects of human activities.”  What’s more, they write, “Between 1993 and 2009, an area of terrestrial wilderness larger than India — a staggering 3.3 million square kilometres — was lost to human settlements, farming, mining and other pressures.”  And Canadians are one of the last hopes for protecting the limited wilderness areas that remain.”  More details
Q&A: John Mullinder on deforestation in Canada
By Kristina Urquhart,… “As the executive director of the Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council for the past 28 years, John Mullinder has heard his share of (mis)information about forestry and paper practices in Canada – namely, that the clearcutting used in the industry is the cause of widespread deforestation.  “But Canada has one of the lowest deforestation rates in the world,” he notes. So what gives?  With his new book, Deforestation in Canada and Other Fake News, Mullinder, a former journalist, uses facts to unpack several public misconceptions – from deforestation and reforestation, to “ancient forests,” to post-consumer and pre-consumer paper.”  More details
Diving in head first: Lavern Heideman & Sons invests $17M to boost production
By Ellen Cools,… “It was either just run the other equipment into the ground and walk away, or dive in head first,” says Kris Heideman, vice-president of Eganville, Ont. based Lavern Heideman & Sons Lumber, about the company’s recent $17 million upgrade.  Heideman and his father, Eddie, president of the company, have invested $17 million in modernizing the mill to boost production and efficiency.”  More details
Port Hope Green Leaders Honour the Past by Planting for the Future  
News provided by Forests Ontario… “Port Hope residents Art and Donna Marvin have recently been named Forests Ontario's newest 'Green Leaders.' Dedicated to the continued enrichment of their beloved family farm, the couple reforested their 100-acre property, planting 11,000 trees over a two year period.  The farm, aptly named Marvindale, is the cornerstone of the Marvins' legacy. "This farm has been in my family for seven generations," says Art. "I'm the fifth and my granddaughter, who lives in the original farm house with her parents, is the seventh. There's a lot of history here."  More details
Canada’s Forest Products Sector Welcomes the Katowice Declaration on Forests for the Climate
Press Release… “Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to support the Ministerial “Declaration on Forests for the Climate”, which was tabled today at the COP24 meeting in Poland. Today’s declaration recognizes the critical role that forests in Canada and around the world play in achieving global climate change targets.  In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, forests have an important role to play in the sequestration and storage of carbon in the soil, trees and other vegetation, as well as providing products that store carbon. At the same time, it is a sector that provides 230,000 direct family-supporting jobs in some over 600 forestry communities across the country.”  More details
Senate Committee on Agriculture & Forestry Supports Further Innovation in Forestry
By Ellen Cools,… “The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry released a report examining the impact of climate change and carbon pricing on forestry, agriculture and agri-food sectors. The report, called "Feast or Fame: Impacts of climate change and carbon pricing on agriculture, agri-food and forestry," also makes several recommendations for the federal government to follow to support these industries as they work towards meeting Canada's emissions reduction targets.”  More details
Carbon Benefits of Managed Forests
By Eric D. Vance, Science Trends… “Forests have a complicated relationship with carbon and climate. They sequester huge quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, estimated at 10-20 percent of U.S. emissions, thus limiting its potential as a greenhouse gas.  In turn, forests are also impacted by changes in climate, which affects how much carbon they store.  Because forests managed in some capacity may hold less carbon than some of their “natural,” unmanaged counterparts and are harvested periodically, it’s logical to assume their carbon benefits are greatly diminished. However, the carbon forests hold at any point in time is only one of many factors affecting what the atmosphere sees, and those other factors tend to favor managed forests.”  More details
The future of maple syrup is uncertain
By Katherine Martinko,… “Maple syrup is a food that you might have to describe to your great-grandchildren because they won't be able to try it themselves.  As climate change reduces the amount of snow in the northeastern forests of North America, where sugar maples grow, it will negatively affect the trees' ability to grow and produce sap, making maple syrup a treat from the past.  This alarming discovery was revealed in a study last week, published in Global Change Biology. The researchers explain how lack of adequate snowpack causes sugar maples to grow 40 percent slower than usual, and when the snowpack returns, they are unable to recover. One biochemist has described the study as a "big deal" and NPR writes, "This spells trouble for the trees — and for humans — as the trees not only give us syrup, but also eat up a chunk of carbon pollution."  More details
Is cork the perfect green building material?
By Lloyd Alter,… “When speaking recently at a Passivhaus conference in Aveiro, Portugal, I mentioned one of my favourite subjects, embodied energy, and noted that cork, most of which comes from Portugal, has the lowest embodied energy of just about any insulating material, and was in many ways the perfect product.  A representative of Amorim Isolamentos was present at the talk, and arranged for me to have a tour of their factory, an hour out of Lisbon, where they make cork insulation.  Alorim has been in the cork biz since 1870, making corks for wine. During the 1973 oil crisis people finally started seriously worrying about insulation in buildings, even in sunny Portugal, so they started producing cork insulation in larger quantities.”  More details
How Do You Measure How Much Carbon Is In A Tree?
By Patrick Skahill, New England Public Radio… “The latest national climate assessment says forests play a key role in keeping our air clean.  According to the report, America’s forests stored the equivalent of 11 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions over a 25 year period.  That’s because when trees breathe they suck up carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and store that leftover carbon in their trunks.  But how scientists determine the amount of carbon stored in a tree is a question open for debate. “If we’re going to look to forests as a way to sequester carbon, we should develop much more accurate estimates of how much carbon is actually sequestered.”  More details
Real versus fake Christmas trees: Which one's greener?
Emily Chung, CBC News… “Many of us have a cherished December tradition that involves a needle-y tree decked out in lights and seasonal bling. Whether that tree was cut down at a farm or churned out in a factory, you might be looking for affirmation that what you're doing is greener than the alternative.  So what does science say?”  More details
Species deeply rooted in Canadian culture are at risk  
From the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada… “Canada risks losing some emblematic pieces of the biodiversity puzzle. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) determined that a widely-distributed tree (Black Ash), our largest land predator (Polar Bear), and many populations of our biggest salmon (Chinook) are at some risk of disappearing from Canada.”  More details
The psychology of climate change: Why people deny the evidence
By Nicole Mortillaro, CBC News… “This week, representatives from more than 150 countries are meeting in Katowice, Poland, for COP 24, or the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate.  Their goal: to find ways to reduce carbon emissions in order to combat the effects of climate change.  On Thursday, the UN World Meteorological Organization said global temperatures are headed for a rise of 3 to 5 C this century, far above the target of 1.5 to 2 C.  The message seems to be clear: Earth's climate is rapidly changing as a result of human activity. So how is it that some people are still reluctant to acknowledge it?”  More details
Stay-at-Home Animal Dads
From CBC Docs of the Week…“There are some unsung heroes in the animal kingdom: fathers who fly solo after moms leave them behind with the kids. Why do these devoted dads raise their young all by themselves? Scientists are just beginning to uncover the answers to this evolutionary mystery.”  More details
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