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Welcome to the July 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.

Ottawa throws lifeline to 50 Million Tree Program cut by Ontario government
By Peter Zimonjic, CBC News… “The federal government is putting up $15 million over four years to rescue the 50 Million Tree Program which was cut by the Ontario government of Doug Ford in its last budget, CBC News has learned.  Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will make the announcement just after noon on Wednesday in Ottawa, explaining how the new cash will extend the program for at least another four years. She said in a statement to CBC News on Tuesday that preserving the program will mean cleaner air, a healthier environment and good local jobs.”  More details
Butternut recovery at risk under Endangered Species Act changes
RCVA Media Release… “A new batch of butternut seedlings have been sent into the world to help pull the endangered tree back from the brink – but this spring's lot may have been the last.  Landowners flocked to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority's specialized cold storage facility on Dilworth Road this spring to pick up their baby butternut trees, carefully grown at the Ferguson Forestry Centre from resilient seeds harvested across Eastern Ontario.   But that could end now that proposed changes to the provincial Endangered Species Act have been signed into law.  The new rules, included in Ontario's More Homes, More Choice Act, will allow developers to pay into a province-wide conservation fund instead of supporting localized, targeted efforts to save or replace the threatened species they disrupt. It's unclear how the provincial pool of money would be doled out: money paid for local butternut destruction may no longer fund local butternut recovery.  That could leave the RVCA's program without the critical funding it needs to collect resilient seeds to nurture new seedlings for reforestation.”   More details
Statement From Minister Yurek Following The Canadian Council Of Ministers of The Environment Meeting
From The Working Forest… “Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Jeff Yurek, released the following statement today after the meeting of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment:  “Today, I participated in a meeting of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment alongside my provincial and territorial counterparts from across Canada. These discussions offered an opportunity to share perspectives on important cross-cutting issues such as plastic waste, climate change, air quality, and wastewater.”  More details
Expo Bois et Forêt / Wood & Forest Exhibition – Riceville, ON (September 8, 2019)
This one day event is to promote wood and forest-related products and services provided by individuals, companies and organizations from eastern Ontario.   Some of the exhibitors include – artisans; forestry consultants; forest contractors; maple syrup producers; saw millers; forestry and wood conversion machinery &  equipment suppliers; woodlot owner organizations; educational, training and information institutions; and many others.  More details
A glimpse into the future of the boreal forest: less frequent but more aggressive fires
By Nathalie Chaperon, Natural Resources Canada… “The boreal forest of North America developed after the last ice age about 10,000 years ago.  We might expect that climate change and human occupation of the territory would put the boreal forest at greater risk of fire.  But a recent scientific study involving Martin Girardin, a research scientist from the Laurentian Forestry Centre at the Canadian Forest Service, has found the opposite.”  More details
Why sustainably managed forests mean green jobs
From Resource Works… “Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada), an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), advances environmental education and career pathways using trees and forests as windows on the world.  We strive to create a world that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests and the great outdoors.  One of the ways in which we are achieving this is by supporting youth in the exploration of their career pathways, right now focused on the Government of Canada-funded “Green Jobs” initiative.”  More details
Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?
By Julia Rosen, Los Angeles Times… “The wild chestnuts around this leafy college town used to grow in such great numbers that locals collected the nuts by the bushel and shipped them off to New York City for a small fortune.  These days, though, it can be hard to find a single tree thanks to a devastating blight imported from Asia in the late 1800s.  Soon, scientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry here could change that. They say they’ve found a way to resurrect the chestnut by giving it a gene from wheat that shields it from the blight’s poison.  If the federal government gives its blessing, these genetically engineered trees could be ready to plant in a few short years.”  More details
'We're losing these': Man campaigns to save native species in Toronto's ravines
Muriel Draaisma, CBC News… “Determined to save native species in Toronto's ravines, University of Toronto PhD forestry student Eric Davies has begun a campaign. It involves lobbying the city, enlisting support from other foresters, and drawing public attention to the problem of invasive species, which are the biggest threat facing Toronto's ravines.  With science, money, political will, support from tens of thousands of local residents and a team of foresters leading the effort, Davies says he firmly believes the ecological integrity of Toronto's ravines could be restored. He calls his plan "Rewilding."  More details
Tree said to inspire Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax' dies. Who will speak for the trees?
By Sonja Haller, USA Today… “As he sat in his mountaintop La Jolla, California, home, spinning lyrical children's tales like "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham," Ted Geisel — who we all know as Dr. Seuss — spied the droopy, yet noble Monterrey Cypress tree.  Now, the tree that locals say inspired "The Lorax" is gone forever, and why it's gone is a mystery, Tim Graham, a spokesman for the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, told USA TODAY.   The lone Cypress in Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla fell over last week and died.”  More details
Ban on single-use plastics could be boon for Ontario forestry industry
From CBC News… “The federal government wants to ban single use plastics like straws and forks, as early as 2021, and the Forest Products Association of Canada is hoping that wood and paper will take their place.  Bob Larocque, senior vice-president of the group, says this would open new markets for northern Ontario mills.  "This will be new types of end product development that will require the current products that are being made by the northern pulp and paper facilities," Larocque said. "It's creating and maintaining a more diverse market than we have today, so that's incredibly helpful for our current facilities."  Larocque says they're working on substituting their own products for ones that will be most affected by the government ban.”  More details
What foraging in the woods and living out my pastoral fantasy taught me about my real values
 By Stephanie Hallett, Yahoo Lifestyle… “I have a fantasy about myself as a woman of the woods. Born and raised in Toronto, I grew up camping and hiking in the forests of Ontario, Canada. I can light a fire, I can pitch a tent, I can paddle a canoe—the forest is my happy place. But at my core, I’m a city girl, and I’ve always wondered if I could actually “make it” if I fulfilled my lifelong dream of buying a cabin in the woods and emerging only to forage plants and shovel snow off my front porch. So when I got the chance to test my own mettle on a weekend-long foraging adventure, I couldn’t say no.”  More details
Ludlow tuart forest at heart of campaign rebuilding once-great WA ecosystem
By Kate Stephens, ABC South West WA… “Evelyn Taylor stands in silence as she strains her neck, attempting to see the very tips of a 600-year-old tuart tree.  The tree's branches stretch out for metres and are a mighty sight among its much younger siblings.  For decades, timber workers strode through this forest searching for smaller and easier tuarts to cut down and harvest.  But Mrs. Taylor is here for a much different purpose — she is determined to save this tree, and the forest it calls home.”  More details
Premier Ford Discusses Province’s Forestry Strategy
From The Working Forest… “Premier Doug Ford and Honourable John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, attended the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) Board of
Directors meeting in Toronto for a roundtable discussion on creating responsible growth, prosperity and business certainty for Ontario’s forest sector through the Government’s Provincial Forestry Strategy.  Premier Ford stated, “I strongly believe that the forest industry is the best steward of our environment. This sector is comprised of the front-line people that live, work and play in our forests and our government wants to create an environment for the sector, and the communities that depend on it, to prosper and thrive.”  More details
Yet Another Exotic Pest
By Joe Rankin, Northern Woodlands… “Have you seen a spotted lanternfly? If you live in New England, and answered “no,” that’s good.  But we’ll have to check back with you next year.  The lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, was found in 2014 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, northwest of Philadelphia.  Berks and 13 other Pennsylvania counties are now under quarantine, as are three in New Jersey. And it has been found in New York and Virginia.  Despite its name, the lanternfly isn’t a fly. It’s a planthopper. It flies poorly, but jumps well. It attacks some 70 types of crops and trees in North America. It really likes stone fruits — peaches, plums, cherries. It likes hops and grapes. And hardwood trees like maple, oak, poplar, walnut, birch, and willow. Its preferred host, the tree of heaven, Alianthus altissima, is itself an invasive species from Asia now naturalized in the U.S.”  More details
Getting back to nature: how forest bathing can make us feel better
By Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian… “Every day, apart from when it’s raining heavily, Dr Qing Li heads to a leafy park near the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo where he works.  It’s not just a pleasant place to eat his lunch; he believes the time spent under the trees’ canopy is a critical factor in the fight against diseases, of the mind and body.  More details
Friends, colleagues look to continue Peter deMarsh’s legacy through education
Laura Brown, CTV News… “Few cared for forests as much as Peter deMarsh.   The Taymouth, N.B., man was on the Ethiopian Airlines jet heading to Nairobi for a conference on family-owned forests March 10, when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff.  Peter was at the helm of several international and national organizations, including the International Family Forestry Alliance, and the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners.  A group of friends and colleagues from across the country wanted to continue Peter’s legacy. They’ve started the Peter deMarsh Memorial Education Award.”  More details
FSC launches new standard to address today's most pressing issues facing Canadian forests
FSC News Release… “The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is proud to announce the launch of a comprehensive new standard for responsible forest management in Canada.  After five years of rigorous consultation with industry, environment, and social stakeholders and indigenous groups, the new standard targets the most pressing issues threatening Canadian forests today, including the woodland caribou crisis; the rights of indigenous peoples; workers' rights including gender equity; conservation; and landscape management.  More details
How millions of Ontario trees escaped Doug Ford’s cuts
By Elaine Anselmi,…  “In April, the Progressive Conservative government announced that it was cutting the program.  The money, the Tories argued, wasn’t being put to good use.  In the 11 years since its inception, the program helped fund the planting of 27 million trees, “well short of their initial goal of 50,000,000 trees by 2020,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry told via email.  By contrast, she added, “the forest industry has planted over 1,000,000,000 trees since 2005.”  Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario, disagrees with that assessment.  He points out that, in 2013, the province extended the program through 2025 because the funding hadn’t kept up with the rising costs of planting.   He adds that, while logging companies in northern Ontario are legally obligated to replenish what they cut, for developers in southern Ontario, “there is no such law.”  Keen also argues that industry planting serves a different purpose from the kind sponsored by 50 Million Trees.   Where logging companies replace cleared land, his program was intended to create entirely new forests. Its goal was net gain: not reforestation, but afforestation.  On Wednesday, the federal government announced that it would temporarily save the program via a four-year, $15 million investment — enough to plant 10 million more trees.”  More details
Softwood Lumber Industry Facing Tough Conditions
By: The Working Forest Staff… “Canada’s softwood lumber industry is struggling as it faces down two of the biggest challenges facing the country — trade disputes and climate change.  In B.C., where the industry is concentrated, companies have been cutting back shifts and closing mills as a lack of log supplies and low prices bite, with more closures expected to come.  “It’s not a happy situation right now if you’re in the lumber business,” said Russ Taylor, managing director at Forest Economic Advisors Canada.”  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
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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