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Welcome to the June 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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting - June 17, 2020 – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Dear EOMF Members and Supporters,

This year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held as scheduled on June 17th, from 10:00 - 11:00 am. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, this will be a virtual meeting carried out using either your computer, tablet, smartphone or regular telephone. Unfortunately, there will be no guest speaker following the AGM this year.

Please click here for your AGM invite from our Board President, Tony Bull: 

There will be no cost to participate and we will send out an email closer to the meeting date for those that have registered with information on how to connect to the meeting. We ask that any members who wish to participate in the meeting register by clicking here: Register Now!

Alternatively, you can contact Joanne Dudka at (613) 713-1525 or by email to to register.

Please note that only members in good standing may vote at the meeting. If you would like to renew your membership, please visit this link or update via phone at  (613) 713-1525.

Thank you and we look forward to connecting with you virtually to help us continue our important work at keeping our forests healthy for seven generations!
FSC Small & Community Forest Standard Revision – Public Consultations
From FCS Canada… “To help Small and Community forests attain FSC certification, we are modifying requirements for Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests and for Community Forests that take into account the size, the intensity and the capacity of these operations.  FSC Canada is currently developing a streamlined standard for smallholders and community forests based on FSC’s new National Forest Management Standard and is looking for comments on the new draft.  The draft requirements follow the basic forest management certification requirements but have important procedural differences and take into account the size and intensity of these operations.”  More details
NRCan announces release of 2019 State of Canada’s Forests Report
By Natural Resources Canada… “The State of Canada’s Forests annual report offers a national snapshot of the social, economic and environmental status of forests and forestry in Canada.  The theme of this edition is “growing opportunities in our forests”. Feature articles are about the “second life” of trees in a low-carbon future, new technology in the forest industry, urban forests as well as women championing women in Canada’s forest sector.”  More details
Ticks are NOT social distancing despite pandemic
From RCVA – Around the Rideau … “May is Lyme disease Awareness Month. And it couldn’t have come at a better time with tick season now underway. Pets and people need to take precautions before heading outside. You can learn more about the risks of this debilitating disease at the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation ( If you have been bitten by a tick, Emilie Norris-Roozmon, a master’s student at Queen’s University, would like to hear from you. She has launched an online survey that tracks the aftermath of being bitten: the onset of symptoms, the treatment from the health-care system, and the outcomes. (”
Frost Centre up for sale again
By Jim Poling Sr., Minden Times… “Each time I pass the Leslie Frost Centre on Highway 35 just south of Dorset I hear ghosts of the past.   They are ghost voices of Second World War veterans, laughing children and university students – all who came to the centre to learn about forestry, the environment and nature in general.  The centre was built in the 1940s as Ontario’s primary forest ranger training school.  It offered forestry training to soldiers returning from the war. The Ontario government closed it in 2004, supposedly to save $1.2 million in annual operating costs.   The centre’s dozen or so buildings have not been used since and are deteriorating. The government continues to pay to keep lights on, the grass cut and the snow plowed.  Now there is news that it will try again to sell the centre.”  More details
As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity
From The Food and Agriculture Organization… “Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world's forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World's Forests released today.  Published on the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), the report shows that the conservation of the world's biodiversity is utterly dependent on the way in which we interact with and use the world's forests.  The report was produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership, for the first time, with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and technical input from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).”  More details
Michigan’s standing dead trees could nearly wrap around the Earth
By Justine Lofton,… “If all the standing dead trees in Michigan were laid side-by-side in a 4-foot tall pile, they would nearly wrap around the Earth – and they could be a valuable resource to enhance the state’s economy.  The volume of standing dead trees in the state amounts to about 2.2 billion cubic feet, which is the equivalent of 28.7 million cords, according to Michigan State University Extension. 28.7 million cords would be roughly 22,000 miles long if lined up, side-by-side – and that is nearly the circumference of the Earth at the equator.  The state’s volume of standing dead trees has built up over time. MSUE estimates the annual tree mortality rate to be about six million cords. By comparison, Michigan’s annual harvest is about five million cords.”  More details
Proposal Relating to Species at Risk and Forest Operations in Crown Forests in Ontario
From the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry… "In December 2019 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry posted on the Environemntal Registry a proposal on the Environmental Registry (ERO# 019-1020) outlining a long-term approach to authorize forest activities solely under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994 (CFSA), and reduce duplication through the ESA.  As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario is proposing to extend the temporary approach for forestry operations under the ESA for an additional year. This will maintain the current requirements and provide additional time to finalize a long-term approach for forest operations.  The proposal for the extension can be found on the Environmental Registry (ERO#019-1620).  Over the next 30 days, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is seeking public input on the proposed regulatory amendment for the extension, which will close on June 18, 2020. All comments will be considered prior to a final decision on the proposal.  If you have any questions concerning the proposed regulatory changes, please direct them to Fiona McGuiness, Senior Policy Advisor, Species at Risk Branch at
Bats Emerge From Hibernacula
By Olivia Box,… “As spring arrives, so do… bats? Like many other naturalists, I spend lots of time during this season looking for migrating salamanders and blossoming bloodroot. I’ve never thought much about what bats are doing this time of year.  It turns out these flying mammals, who retreated into hibernation back in the fall, are emerging from April through May, as the weather grows consistently warmer and insects again fill the air.  More details
These drones will plant 40,000 trees in a month. By 2028, they’ll have planted 1 billion
By Adele Peters,… “This week, on land north of Toronto that previously burned in a wildfire, drones are hovering over fields and firing seed pods into the ground, planting native pine and spruce trees to help restore habitat for birds. Flash Forest, the Canadian startup behind the project, plans to use its technology to plant 40,000 trees in the area this month. By the end of the year, as it expands to other regions, it will plant hundreds of thousands of trees. By 2028, the startup aims to have planted a full 1 billion trees.”  More details

Inside Ikea’s bold new sustainability pledge

By Haley Chouinard,… “Few retailers can rival the global footprint of Swedish furniture giant Ikea. The company operates in 41 countries; its network of 433 stores comprises more than 100 million square feet of selling space for its catalog of approximately 12,000 SKUs. By some estimates, the company’s ready-to-assemble furniture at one point used as much as 1 percent of the world’s wood supply.  But if Ikea’s manufacturing operations dwarf the rest of the industry’s, so do many of its sustainability initiatives, including a push in the past decade to become energy independent by investing heavily in wind and solar power. More recently, the company matched its outsize impact with a similarly wide-reaching pledge: to use all recycled and Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood by the end of this year (at the close of 2019, Ikea reported that 97 percent of the wood that it used was defined as either FSC-certified or recycled wood, a figure that has grown steadily in recent years)—and to make all of its products with renewable materials by 2030.”  More details

OWA Appoints New Executive Director

News Release: Ontario Woodlot Association… “The Board of the Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Pineau as Executive Director effective May 4th, 2020. John brings extensive experience working in non-profit organizations to the OWA, as well as significant time in progressively responsible positions in industry and government during a career spanning over 35 years.  “We are excited to have John join the OWA as our new Executive Director. He will help us with our plans to grow membership, enhance our value proposition, diversify our business model, and successfully advocate on behalf of Ontario woodlot owners.” Paul Robertson, President of the OWA.”  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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