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Welcome to the April 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.
Bruce County leads the way as first community forest to sign up for development of forest carbon offset project
EOMF Media Release… The EOMF is excited to announce that Bruce County is the first community forest from the EOMF Certification Program to partner with Bluesource Canada to make the County part of the solution to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.  Last year, the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) partnered with Bluesource Canada to help forest certification members such as Bruce County navigate through the complexity of carbon credit development, verification and marketing. In the partnership, the EOMF and Bluesource Canada provide guidance to those community forests that are interested in pursuing the opportunity.  More details
Regional Forest Health Network Update
From the EOMF… Did you know that the EOMF hosts the Regional Forest Health Network? It’s an impressive program that allows forest practioners from the area share important information on forest health issues.  RFHN Update details.  For more info, please visit our website (Regional Forest Health Network) that has a page dedicated to this important initiative. 
2019 Kemptville Woodlot Conference Update              
From the EOMF…  We had a fantastic turn out with 250 people at the Kemptville Woodlot Conference at the Municipal Centre on Feb 22, 2019. Thanks to all that attended, and a special thank you to all the generous sponsors who help to keep the costs affordable for all!  We hope to see everyone again next year!  To view the conference presentations, please visit the library on our website and search for 2019 woodlot conference.  This year’s winner of the chainsaw prize was Frank Heerkens.
This year’s conference sponsors included – Bluesource Canada, City of Ottawa, EcoGen Energy Inc., Ferguson Forest Centre, Fisher Tree Service, Forests Ontario, FP Innovations, Lavern Heideman & Sons, Leeds & Grenville Stewardship, Lower Ottawa Valley Chapter of the OWA, OFAH Zone F, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, South Nation Conservation, Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Chapter of the OWA, and United Counties of Leeds & Grenville.
 Ontario Woodlot Associations 26th Woodlot Conference & AGM
Save the date!  On Friday April 5th, 2019 the Ontario Woodlot Association will be holding their annual woodlot conference.  This year’s event will be held at The Lion's Community Centre - 157 Elgin Street E, Cobourg, ON.   More details
Ontario Tree Marking Program – 2019 Training Schedule
From Forests Ontario…  “Level 1, Level 2 and Refresher tree marking courses are scheduled for 2019, and offered by the Forests Ontario / Canadian Institute of Forestry collaborative under agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.   A Level 1 Tree Marking Course is scheduled for September 9-13, 2019; a Level 2 Tree Marking Auditors Course is tentatively scheduled for September 24, 25 & 26, 2019 (will be confirmed when sufficient applicants have registered) and a 1.5 day Refresher Course will be offered on October 1 & 2, 2019.  More details & registration info
Remembering forestry advocate Peter deMarsh
From the Forest Products Association of Canada… “Peter deMarsh, an advocate of the Canadian forest sector and woodlot owners, was reportedly among the victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, according to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC).  ”The forestry community lost an incredible man this weekend," says Derek Nighbor, president and CEO of FPAC, in a statement. Nighbor continues, "deMarsh lived in Taymouth, New Brunswick and was a long-serving president of the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners.”  More details
Crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in Ethiopia — Death of Canadian Peter deMarsh
From The Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners… “Members of the Canadian Federation of Woodlots Owners were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Peter deMarsh, from New Brunswick, in the tragic plane crash in Ethiopia. Peter deMarsh was the Chair of this Canadian network of provincial associations of forest owners and Chair of the International Family Forestry Alliance. For decades, Peter deMarsh was known to public authorities as the embodiment of the private woodlot owner striving to contribute to the vitality and dynamism of his rural community through sustainable timber and agricultural production. His representation for the rights of over 455,000 woodlot owners across Canada will be sorely missed. Strongly believing that the tens of millions of woodlot owners around the world all share a similar reality and experiences, deMarsh worked all his life to convince them to act collectively in organizations to promote their interests and share learnings.”  More details
The Economic Value of Tree Planting in Southern Ontario
From Forests Ontario… “To demonstrate the value derived from tree planting in Southern Ontario, Forests Ontario commissioned Green Analytics to conduct an economic assessment of tree planting. This report presents the results of that assessment. There are two components to the assessment: the first focuses on the jobs and the gross domestic product (GDP) impact resulting from Forests Ontario’s tree planting activities; and the second focuses on the ecosystem services that are provided to people living near the areas that have been planted.”  More details
Doug Ford’s repeal of the Far North Act won’t gain the respect of Indigenous communities
By Dayna Scott, contribution to the Globe and Mail… “Late last month, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government confirmed that it plans to repeal the Far North Act, seeking to reduce “red tape” and increase “business certainty” in the Ring of Fire – a mineral deposit located near James Bay. While Premier Doug Ford is not the first to think he has found a key to unlocking the resource potential of Ontario’s north, this strategy is sure to backfire.”  More details
County using fire as 'important tool' for forest management, rare bird nesting
By Miriam King,…  “Forest managers are starting to “integrate fire back into management practices,” said Graeme Davis, County of Simcoe forester. “It really is an important tool in our toolbox, as forest managers. We think of fire as a destructive force. We need to think of it as a natural part of forest regeneration.”  More details
Canada clearcuts one million acres of boreal forest every year. A lot of it for toilet paper.
Tzeporah Berman,… “The Canadian boreal forest is part of our country’s cultural identity.  Often called the “Amazon of the North,” the boreal is the lungs of the northern hemisphere, helping store carbon and regulate the effects of climate change. This vast landscape is breeding ground for billions of North America’s songbirds and critical habitat for the threatened boreal woodland caribou. It is the traditional territory and holds cultural significance for many First Nations, whose treaty rights to hunt and fish are under threat.  Despite this, our federal and provincial governments have failed for decades to protect the boreal from destruction.”  More details
Canadians can be proud of forest industry on International Day of Forests
By Derek Nighbor,… “March 21 is International Day of Forests, as declared by the United Nations. It is a time to celebrate our forestry families and communities and Canada’s world-leading approach to how we manage our forests — one of our country’s most important and renewable resources.  By any measure, Canada is a global leader when it comes to managing forests and the ecosystems, wildlife, and communities that depend on them. Most recently, our approach was validated at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) where the Ministerial ‘Declaration on Forests and Climate’ was tabled, recognizing the critical role forests and forest management plays in Canada and around the world in helping us achieve global climate change targets.”  More details
Can Ontario's Endangered Wildlife Survive Doug Ford?
By Reykia Fick, Greenpeace Canada’s Forest Campaigner,… “Humanity has caused populations of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles to decline by 60 per cent since 1970. Now more than one third of plant and animal species are at risk of disappearing off the face of the earth.  Surely leaders around the world should now be doing everything in their power to address this crisis and turn the situation around.  Here in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford may be planning the opposite. His government is preparing to change the province's Endangered Species Act (ESA), the legislation created to protect our most at-risk plants and animals.  But Ford's review doesn't have a goal to reverse the startling drop in Ontario's animal and plant species, or to better enforce the law.”  More details
Letter of the Day: Canada's forests are thriving
By Derek Nighbor, Forest Products Association of Canada,… “On behalf of Canada’s forest sector, I am responding to false statements made in the story on toilet paper use in America and the impact on forests.  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report used words like “devastating” to describe how American toilet paper use is affecting Canada’s forests. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Canada plants over 615 million trees annually and has professional foresters who manage our forests to ensure wildlife, biodiversity and water protection. It is concerning that NRDC suggests alternative sources that are more carbon intensive or sourced from countries with lower forest management, labour and human rights standards.”  More details
Nova Scotia to become first province to regulate biodiversity
By Michael Gorman, CBC News… “Bill aims to close gaps between Endangered Species Act, Wildlife Act and other legislation.  The provincial government is taking the first steps to better protect biodiversity in Nova Scotia. Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin tabled the Biodiversity Act on Thursday. The move is something requested in the independent review of forest practices.  The act will help manage threats to ecosystems and better protect wild species, said Rankin. It closes gaps where the Wildlife Act, Endangered Species Act and other legislation might not have applied, he said.”  More details
Greenpeace Founding Member: 'The Whole Climate Crisis Is Not Only Fake News, It's Fake Science'
By Tyler O’Neil,… “ Patrick Moore, a founding member of the environmentalist organization Greenpeace, slammed climate alarmists for promoting a fake emergency. President Donald Trump tweeted Moore's remarks shortly after he made them.  "In fact, the whole climate crisis as they call it is not only fake news, it’s fake science. There is no climate crisis," Moore, author of the book Confessions of a Greenpeace Drop-Out: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist, told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning.”  More details
Can smarter forest buffer strips along streams help to mitigate climate change?
From… “Can smarter forest buffer strips along streams help to mitigate climate change? Marcus Klaus measuring carbon dioxide emissions from a forest stream. Credit: Umea University
Forests are important components of the global climate system, taking up large amounts of carbon. Yet, part of this carbon is lost to inland waters and emitted back to the atmosphere as greenhouse gases. Recent research indicates the importance of forest management along streams for such emissions. Supported by new research funding, Marcus Klaus is now seeking to understand how forestry related greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by new ways to design forest buffer strips along streams.”  More details

Up from the ashes - Seed from rare ash trees collected, banked
By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer… “The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) has asked woodlot owners to report the rare ash trees that survived the passage of the emerald ash borer several years ago.  The goal is to collect seed for the eventual regeneration of ash in southern Ontario and other areas the pest devastated.  “That would count as a best practice,” Norfolk County arborist Adam Biddle said this week at the annual general meeting of the Norfolk Woodlot Owners Association in Delhi.”  More details
Flushing out The Truth About Our Canadian Forests
From the Forest Products Association of Canada… “A US-based environmental lobby group recently released a misleading report about tissue and toilet paper that takes aim at Canadian forests and forestry workers. It marks yet another attack on Canadian natural resource jobs and rural and northern towns by U.S. special interests who simply do not understand how carefully and sustainably we manage our forests in Canada.  The report, produced by New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), claims that American consumers are “destroying” Canada’s boreal forest by using too much toilet paper.  It is important to note that this is the same lobby organization that came to Ottawa last November and told a Canadian audience that we do not replant or regenerate our forests.  A blatant lie that was  appropriately called out on the spot. A quick look at the federal government’s Forests Fact Book reflects the power behind our replanting and regenerating efforts — over 615 million trees planted annually.”   More details
Rethinking old-growth forests using lichens as an indicator of conservation value
From… “Two Canadian biologists are proposing a better way to assess the conservation value of old-growth forests in North America—using lichens, sensitive bioindicators of environmental change.  Dr. Troy McMullin, lichenologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and Dr. Yolanda Wiersma, landscape ecologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, propose their lichen-focussed system in a paper published today in the Ecological Society of America journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.  "We are presenting a paradigm shift for the way we assess forests and manage them," says McMullin. "How do we select the forests with highest conservation value? How do we decide what to protect and what to cut? Lichens are part of the answer."  More details
How wood ash could save Muskoka’s watershed from ‘ecological osteoporosis’
By Alison Brownlee  Bracebridge Examiner… “Wood ash could save Muskoka’s lakes and forests — but a controlled and collaborative effort is needed, says Friends of the Muskoka Watershed.  Dr. Norman Yan, chair for the non-profit environmental research and advocacy organization, told District of Muskoka engineering and public works committee members in early 2019 that residents, researchers, government, maple syrup producers and other partners could collaboratively replenish calcium in the region’s watershed by collecting and carefully distributing cold nonindustrial wood ash in specific forests within the watershed.”  More details
Does biodiversity matter to business?
By Robert Wilson, Eco-Business… “At the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos last month, the evidence of mounting threats to nature, and of nature’s contributions to people, featured higher on the agenda than ever before. The task for business leaders around the world is to embrace this evidence and start acting as stewards, rather than spoilers, of our vital natural assets.”  More details
The last great tree: a majestic relic of Canada's vanishing rainforest
By Harley Rustad, The Guardian… “On a cool morning in the winter of 2011, Dennis Cronin parked his truck by the side of a dirt logging road, laced up his spike-soled caulk boots, put on his red cargo vest and orange hard hat, and stepped into the trees.  He had a job to do: walk a stand of old-growth forest and flag it for clearcutting.”  More details
How people get lost in the woods + what to do if it happens to you
By Melissa Breyer,… “Would you know what to do if you get lost in the woods?  You know how it goes. Camping and hiking and general cavorting in the woods is all fun and games until someone goes and gets lost. Then it's not so fun, as many a Brothers Grimm fairy tale reminds us. Given that more than 330 million people visit the country's national parks, forests and wilderness areas every year, well, sometimes people get lost.”  More details
Court documents reveal Monsanto's efforts to fight glyphosate's 'severe stigma'
From CBC News…  “A review by CBC/Radio-Canada of internal Monsanto documents disclosed in the court case of Dewayne Johnson, who sued Monsanto and won $78 million US last October, showed the many efforts Monsanto took to fight a negative UN assessment of glyphosate, the active ingredient in its Roundup weed killer.  A review by CBC/Radio-Canada of internal Monsanto documents disclosed in the court case of Dewayne Johnson, who sued Monsanto and won $78 million last October, showed the many efforts the company took to fight the IARC assessment.” More details
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