Eastern Ontario Model Forest E-News

Eastern Ontario Model Forest E-News

Welcome to the November 2018 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 – December 12, 2018
"Urban Forest: Nice to Have? No: Need to Have"
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 will focus on the urban and near-urban forest.  Discussions on this subject have traditionally been about around selling the concept that trees are important to have in and around urban centres.  However, with changes to our climate, and the increasing awareness about the direct health links between humans and nature, our "want" is transforming more into a "need".   Seminar Poster/Agenda
Feature Presentations include: 
  • National Context: Examples of Urban Forestry Best Practices across Canada (Michael Rosen, Tree Canada)
  • From Nice to Have to Must Have: Making the Case for Green Infrastructure in York Region (James Lane, York Region Forest)
  • Key Actions under the new Sustainable Development Strategy: NCC’s Contribution to Urban Forests in the Ottawa Area (Geneviève Mercier, National Capital Commission)
  • City of Ottawa: The Vision for a Forested Future (Nick Stowe/Martha Copestake, City of Ottawa)
  • Moderated Q&A Session and Re-cap of the Day (Astrid Nielsen, Eastern Ontario Model Forest) 
Registration in advance will be required by December 7, 2018. The registration fee is $40 and includes morning 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.   Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  Location: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Rd. 44, Kemptville, ON.  Time: 08:30 am to 1:30 pm.   
EOMF is now on Social Media!
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Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference
Friday, February 22, 2019

Save the Date!  Be sure to join us for the 32nd edition of the conference!  The theme is Back to the Basics”, touching on topics including small-scale maple production, invasive species in your woodlot, wildlife dynamics, and wood burning, 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!

North American Silviculture Working Group Visits Eastern Ontario Community Forests
From the Eastern Ontario Model Forest… “On Tuesday, October 2nd, members of the North American Silviculture Working Group of the Forest Commission were treated to a forestry tour on two community forests: Larose and South Nation Conservation.  Both forests are part of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest - Forest Certification Program.   The North American Forest Commission (NAFC) is one of six regional forestry commissions of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Established in 1958, NAFC provides a policy and technical forum for Canada, Mexico and the United States to discuss and address forest issues on a North American basis.  More details
Animal species becoming extinct in Haiti as deforestation nearly complete
From Oregon State University… “Species of reptiles, amphibians and other vertebrates are becoming extinct in Haiti as deforestation has claimed more than 99 percent of the country's original wooded areas.  A research collaboration that included two scientists affiliated with Oregon State University found that 42 of Haiti's 50 largest mountains have lost all of their primary forest.  Moreover, mountaintop surveys of vertebrates showed that species are disappearing along with the trees, highlighting the global threat to biodiversity by human causes.  Along with the mass extinctions, the findings, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that over the next two decades Haiti will lose all of its remaining primary forest cover.”  More details
Drunken trees and browning forests:
Why a Canadian government scientist is sounding the alarm

From CBC Radio… “Dr. Barry Cooke has had something to get off his chest for several years now.  The research scientist says he and his colleagues at the Canadian Forest Service have been growing increasingly worried about what climate change is doing to trees in the North.  So this week, against the backdrop of a political debate around the Liberals' carbon tax and rebate scheme, Cooke took "a big breath" and fired off 75 tweets about "drunken trees" and browning forests in Canada's North.”  More details
The magic and utility of Trembling Aspen trees
From BC Local News… “Anyone who has been in an aspen forest can relate to the name Trembling Aspen when there is a slight breeze which creates one of the most unique and unforgettable forest sounds.  The intense white bark may be confused with birch but closer examination shows the bark is smooth and not flaky like birch. First nations people used many parts of the plant as an emergency food source, diaper material, medicinal purposes, fuel and to a limited extent canoe making material.  It has always be recognized as an important part of biological diversity at the landscape level by providing a habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.”  More details
The Province Wants Your Ideas for a Made-in-Ontario Plan
News Release, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks… “Ontario's Government for the People is inviting the public and businesses to have their say on how Ontario can deal with environmental challenges such as climate change.  The public can now comment on some key areas of focus for Ontario's new plan, which will replace the previous government's insistence on imposing a punishing, job-killing carbon tax on Ontario families and businesses, and instead focus on collaborative approaches that will actually help the environment.”  More details
Ottawa Volunteer Presenters Needed!
From Forests Ontario… “Forestry in the Classroom (FIC) connects schools with natural resource professionals in communities across Canada to talk about careers and natural resource management. Through this popular program, more than 450 schools have been reached. Forests Ontario is pleased to once again offer FIC this fall/winter with volunteer support.  We need your help to engage and foster the next generation of forest enthusiasts. If you would like to register as a volunteer presenter, visit or contact .  Note: Volunteers can request resources to help them plan and deliver presentations. Contact  for more details.” 
Boxelder and its Namesake Bugs
By Joe Rankin,… “Comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s shtick was the phrase, “I don't get no respect,” always followed by one of his great self-deprecatory one-liners.  If Rodney Dangerfield were a tree, he might be Acer negundo – the boxelder, which also gets no respect. When boxelder isn’t being ignored, it’s being disparaged, dismissed, or damned with faint praise.  It has the greatest range of any North American maple,” said Kevin Smith, senior plant physiologist at the US Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Durham, New Hampshire. The tree is found across much of the US and into Canada, and continues to expand its range. It likes streams and wet, rich ground, but will thrive even in poor soil – a virtue or a vice, depending on your outlook.”  More details
E-LECTURE SERIES: The Canadian Forest Service – Forest Science Providing Real Solutions
The National electronic lecture series continues with a series of online presentations on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST throughout November and December 2018.  All electronic lectures are free.  To register:   More details and lecture topics
The Pando aspen clone or 'trembling giant', the world's largest organism, is collapsing
By Nick Kilvert, ABC Science… “ t’s a huge underground singular root system that sends up tens of thousands of clone aspen trees, each one genetically identical to the next, over an area of more than 100 acres.  Pando aspen clone, also known as "the trembling giant", lives on a hillside in the Fishlake National Forest in central Utah.  Literally translating from Latin as "I spread out", Pando is collapsing; the forest is ageing, but there aren't enough new recruits to replace the dying trees.  Now research published in PLOS ONE today has found that browsing animals, such as deer and cattle, are most likely to blame, according to lead author Paul Rogers from Utah State University and the Western Aspen Alliance.”  More details
A Teacher Marked by the Wild  
News Provided By Forests Ontario… “Andrew MacMillan, an outdoor education teacher at King City's Country Day School, facilitated the planting of more than 8,000 trees on the school's property earlier this year. The planting was done through the Government of Ontario's 50 Million Tree Program, which is run by non-profit organization Forests Ontario. Forests Ontario has recognized MacMillan as their newest Green Leader.”  More details
The never-ending fight to save one Ontario forest
By Jon Thompson,… “The Farabout Peninsula boasts rare plants, threatened animals, historical artifacts, and more — so why won’t the province protect it permanently?  A 1,084 hectare piece of land that juts into Eagle Lake, the peninsula is home to thousands of trees — white cedar, black spruce, bur oak, and others. It was included under the 2011-2021 Dryden Forest Management Plan, which designates cut sizes and types across nearly 125,000 hectares in the Dryden area. However, several years ago, an eagle’s nest was discovered in a tree on the isthmus that connects Farabout to the mainland.  Since the bald eagle is a protected species, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry prohibited development within 200 metres of the nest. That made building a road through the isthmus impossible.”  More details
Forestry 101: How current forest practices impact the future for the better
By Washington Forest Protection Association,… “Called both a science and an art by those in the profession, silviculture is the practice of growing, managing and protecting healthy and sustainable forests.  While growing trees may seem straightforward at first glance, sustainable forestry practices are actually very complex and require patience, foresight and maintaining close attention to the entire landscape – not only the trees growing on it. In addition to taking inventory of mature timber and growing stock, identifying stands and putting infrastructure in place, foresters also adhere to strict forest practice rules, regulations and best management practices.  More details
A forestry boom is turning Ireland into an ecological dead zone
By Mary Colwell,… “We all love trees. We think of woods and forests as green lungs, peaceful spaces, brimming with wildlife. So when Europe’s least forested country, Ireland, sets a target to increase tree cover from 11% to 18% by 2046, we should all applaud, shouldn’t we? Unfortunately the new woodland rising across Ireland is an ecological dead zone.  Sitka spruce plantations, hectare upon hectare of them, now cover what was once nature-rich farmland. Dense blocks of these non-native coniferous trees smother the landscape, driving out wonderful and endangered wildlife such as hen harriers and curlews, birds that could be extinct in Ireland within the decade.”  More details
Mapped: Where ‘afforestation’ is taking place around the world
By Daisy Dunne,… “A key finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new special report is that it is likely that some degree of “afforestation” will be needed to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.  Afforestation is a process where new forests are planted across land without trees.  As a forest grows, it naturally removes CO2 from the atmosphere and stores it in its trees.  The technique has been described as one of the most “natural” and technologically simple of the “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) – a term describing a group of methods that aim to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.  However, others have raised concerns that afforestation could be costly, difficult to manage and could take up large amounts of land. Some point out that many regions are still grappling with deforestation and may not be able to protect new forests from destruction.”  More details
How to bring back forest cover: recommendations include zero tax on forested land
Louise Sproule,… “Forest cover is decreasing and a recent South Nation Conservation (SNC) report called, “Protecting and Increasing Forest Cover in the South Nation Conservation Jurisdiction” makes several recommendations for education and promotion, basing this need on forest cover information dating back to aerial surveys taken in 2014.  One of the things that is interesting about the August 2018 report, which uses aerial analysis of forest cover from 2008 and 2014, is a reminder that as of March 31, 2019, municipalities must adopt and maintain policies detailing the manner in which the municipality will protect and enhance the tree canopy and natural vegetation in the municipality. The report notes that not all municipalities will choose to regulate tree cover through a tree cutting/tree conservation bylaw.  But Ronda Boutz, the SNC Team Lead for Special Projects, says that there has not been a lot of communication from the province about this.  More details
New Billboard Celebrates Forests and Environmental Stewardship
By: The Working Forest Staff… “To mark National Forest Week, representatives of Domtar Inc., EACOM Timber Corporation and Forests Ontario gathered in Northeastern Ontario to unveil a new billboard as the most recent development in the province-wide It Takes A Forest initiative. The billboard promotes Ontario’s world-class forest management standards, as well as the importance of our forests and forest sector to the economic, social and environmental well-being of the province.  The It Takes A Forest initiative is a collaborative effort of over 40 organizations, designed to increase public awareness of Ontario’s forests through the dissemination of fact-based information.”  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
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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