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Welcome to the December 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.
2019 EOMF/CIF December Forest Seminar – Kemptville, ON (December 11, 2019)
This is your last chance to register.  Registration closes December 6th! The Eastern Ontario Model Forest, in partnership with the Ottawa section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, has developed a great program for our December Forest Lecture. We have used the term "an end of year celebration of our forests".   This year's seminar 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.
Feature Presentations include:
  • Traditional Opening and Closing - Lorraine Rekmans, FSC Board Member
  • Harvesting wood sustainably: Good for the Environment and Climate Change - Martin Streit, RPF, Forester, South Nation Conservation Authority
  • The Future of Building – Wood and the Carbon Neutral Pathway - David Moses, PhD, PEng, PE, LEED®AP, Founder of Moses Structural Engineers
  • A Local to Global Perspective: Linking Sustainable Forest Management to Green Buildings - Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • Benefits of Building with Wood - Alex Nott, M.Eng. P.Eng. Mass Timber Engineer, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Prefabrication in Timber Construction - Mohammad Mohammad, P.Eng, PhD, Senior Research Advisor, Natural Resources Canada
  • A National Mass Timber Research Network: Connecting the Dots - Dr. Anne Koven, Executive Director, Mass Timber Institute
Oak Sponsor - the EOMF and its partners would like to thank ON Wood WORKS!/Canadian Wood Council for being a sponsor of the  27th Annual EOMF/CIF Forest Seminar.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Astrid Nielsen at or call 613-258-6587.  Additional sponsorship details
Registration in advance will be required by December 6, 2019. The registration fee is $50 and includes morning refreshments and lunch.  You can register and online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF website  or by calling 613-713-1525.   Seminar Poster (agenda, location, time, etc.)
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!
Testing for Chronic Wasting Disease – Eastern Ontario
The Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry will be testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in eastern Ontario from October to December (in Wildlife Management Units 65 and 64B specifically).  CWD is a fatal brain disease that affects white-tailed deer, moose, elk and caribou, and could severely impact Ontario's deer population if left unchecked.  So far, CWD has been found in neighbouring U.S. States and Quebec, BUT NOT in Ontario.  Eight designated depot locations will be set up, at which hunters can drop off the head of a harvested deer for testing.  More details
50 Million Tree Program Alive and Kicking
By MJ Kettleborough, Forests Ontario… “Forests Ontario has announced the relaunch of its 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP).  “The 50 MTP is back and more accessible than ever,” said Rob Keen, CEO of non-profit charity, Forests Ontario. “The new, expanded criteria  opens the program to more land and property owners, meaning more trees in the ground. It’s a win-win for landowners, who save on tree planting costs, and for the environment.”  The new program is now open to more property owners. Under the old program, property owners needed to dedicate at least 1 hectare to tree planting in order to qualify for subsidies. Now anyone with the space to plant at least 500 trees can qualify.”  More details
Tree Seedling Subsidies Available For Private Plantings in Spring 2020
From Ferguson Tree Nursery… “A new subsidy announcement by Forests Ontario was made today to encourage tree planting for the purpose of establishing forest areas where previously there was none.  As an approved supplier of this program, Ferguson Tree Nursery is pleased to offer $0.25 off each seedling.  Don’t wait to order! Funding is limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis! Please note that this offer only applies to new orders, and additions to existing orders. If you have any questions, please call 613-258-0110.”  More details
Ontario Fast-Tracks Changes to Environmental Laws
Posted by Richard D. Lindgren, Canadian Environmental Law Association… “The Ontario government has recently introduced omnibus legislation that proposes to amend over a dozen laws that currently protect the environment, safeguard public health, manage wildlife and public lands, and regulate resource extraction throughout the province.  Bill 132 (Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019) is almost 100 pages long and contains seventeen Schedules that, if enacted, will change numerous statutes.”  More details
NCC aiming to fix 'patchwork' approach to protecting trees
Kate Porter, CBC News… “The National Capital Commission is vowing to come up with a uniform strategy to protect the trees that cover nearly three-quarters of its lands.  NCC staff told the board of directors Thursday there's currently only a "patchwork" of policies and practices to manage its forests, many of which are stressed by disease and extreme weather.  The NCC, along with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, recently produced a comprehensive tree survey of the region, and plans to do more mapping to figure out the right places to plant the right trees.”  More details
Forests Ontario Annual Conference: We The Forest – Alliston, ON (February 14, 2020)

From Forests Ontario… “Our forests are our future.  They provide us with food, shelter and warmth. They support the ecosystem services we depend on and they fight climate change. But who speaks for the forests? In a complex economic and political climate, full of competing interests and priorities, how do we ensure that our forests remain at the forefront of our collective consciousness? How do we plan for their future when short-sightedness impacts their very existence?”  More details
Report on gender diversity in forestry suggests cultural shift may be underway
By Ellen Cools,… “In November 2018, the Canadian Institute of Forestry, in partnership with the federal government, announced a three-year action plan to attract and retain women in forestry careers. The Gender Equality in Forestry National Action Plan highlighted some of the forest industry’s efforts to improve diversity, which is critical, given women made up just 17 per cent of the workforce in 2017.” More details
Forest herbicide contributing to wildfires
From CBC News… “Many Canadian forests are managed through the use of the herbicide glyphosate — which has now been linked to forest fires. The herbicide shapes the way forests grow, which can maximize profits — but not without unforeseen costs.”  More details
Grooming forests could be making fires worse, researchers warn
Jill English, CBC … “Researchers are growing increasingly critical of a common forest management practice, as studies show it may be causing fires to travel farther, faster.  "In 2017 and 2018 here in British Columbia, in both summers, we burned over 1.2 million hectares of forest," says Lori Daniels, a forest ecologist at the University of British Columbia.  "Diversifying the forest ... is a really effective way to create resilience in our landscape and resistance to these major fires we've been witnessing."  Meanwhile, much of the Canadian forestry industry is doing the opposite, spraying thousands of hectares of public forest with glyphosate each year to promote profitable coniferous growth, and eliminate hardwood species like aspen and birch.”  More details
Vimy Ridge oak tree honouring Canadian soldiers could soon be planted on Buckingham Palace grounds
By Patty Winsa, Data Reporter… “An oak tree with Toronto roots could soon be planted at Buckingham Palace as part of a project to memorialize thousands of Canadian soldiers killed in the First World War battle at Vimy Ridge.  The tree was grown from acorns sent to Queen Elizabeth II from the Vimy Ridge woodlot in Scarborough, which was planted by Leslie Miller, a Canadian soldier who returned from that war with a collection of acorns picked up from the ravaged battlefield in France.”  More details
LIDAR technology leads Brazilian team to 30 story tall Amazon tree
By Jenny Gonzales,…  “A research team using cutting edge LIDAR technology is mapping the Brazilian Amazon to create a detailed biomass map in order to track the impacts of land use change on forest carbon emissions — data collection required under the Paris Climate Agreement and paid for by the Amazon Fund.  While conducting their LIDAR survey by aircraft, the study team detected several groves of immense trees on the border between Pará and Amapá states. One individual, a red angelim (Dinizia excelsa Ducke) was recorded as being 88.5 meters (just over 290 feet) tall.  More details
The Canadian Forestry Corps in WW1 –  “Sawdust Fusiliers”
By Judith Elson… “During the First World War huge quantities of wood were needed on the Western
Front: to shore up trench walls and line muddy trench floors; to make stakes for barbed wire fences; to construct corduroy roads over muddy terrain; to build shelters, hangars, military buildings.  Traditionally, Britain obtained timber from North America, Scandinavia, Russia, but attacks from German U-boats and the critical need for supplies such as food and ammunition on cargo ships made it virtually impossible to import timber into Britain.  Britain had plenty of suitable trees but lacked experienced men to cut and trim them.  On February 16, 1916, Andrew Bonar Law, the British Colonial Secretary, formally asked the Duke of Connaught, Governor-General of Canada, if Canada would provide the manpower necessary to cut and process timber in England.  By March 1, 1916, the Canadian Government had responded by creating the 224th Battalion, dedicated to harvesting and processing timber resources overseas. Another three battalions were recruited in the next fifteen months.”  More details
Green coalition says feds must admit true costs of climate change
From The Canadian Press…  “Almost two dozen Canadian environment groups are urging the federal Liberal government to make sure its next budget acknowledges that climate change is costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars every year.  “These costs are actually really big and if we are ignoring them there is a big hole in the budget,” said Andrew Gage, a staff lawyer and project lead for the climate change program at West Coast Environmental Law.  The organization is one of 22 environment advocacy organizations in the Green Budget Coalition, which released its annual list of asks for the federal budget Wednesday. Although the Liberals’ next budget is still months away, the coalition’s wish list is normally released during the fall budget planning season.”  More details
High-tech chestnuts: US to consider genetically altered tree
By Michael Hill, The Associated Press…  “Chestnuts harvested from high branches on a chilly fall morning look typical: they’re marble sized, russet colored and nestled in prickly burs. But many are like no other nuts in nature.  In a feat of genetic engineering, about half the chestnuts collected at this college experiment station feature a gene that provides resistance to blight that virtually wiped out the American chestnut tree generations ago.  Researchers at New York state’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry are seeking federal clearance to distribute thousands of modified trees as part of a restoration effort ” a closely-watched move that could expand the frontier for genetically engineered plants beyond farms and into forests.”  More details
This mysterious Arctic tree stump could reveal ancient secrets
By Lindsay Jones, Maclean’s… “His hunting party had set out under a muted sky from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, on the day Naikak Hakongak spotted something almost never seen on the Arctic tundra.  As the terrain grew more hilly, Hakongak’s hopes of spotting caribou rose—the animals were known to run through the area they call Amagalik. Then, as the hunters’ path dipped into marshy lowlands, Hakongak spied what he first thought was a cylindrical rock sticking out of the bog. “I did a quick U-turn and said ‘This is a tree stump!’” the 56-year-old recalls. “My first thought was ‘Wow, this is quite the strange find.’”  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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