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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.

EOMF Spring Gathering & AGM – June 19, 2019
Plan to attend the 27th edition of the EOMF Spring Gathering & AGM.  This year’s feature guest speaker is Paul Hetzler, Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator, from Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, New York State.  Paul will present "Different Perspectives: Managing Invasive Species in St. Lawrence County, NY".  Date and Time: June 19, 2019, from 9:00 - 03:00 pm.  Location: 1175 Limerick Road, Oxford Station Limerick Forest and Interpretative Centre.  Detailed agenda  The cost for the event is $40 and includes a warm lunch.  Payment can be made online or by calling 613-713-1525.  Please note for the AGM registration that "space is limited" & we can only register 50 people for this event.
Don’t Forget to Renew Your EOMF Membership!
Your valued contribution as a member will continue to allow the EOMF to champion sustainable forests and healthy, vibrant forest communities.   We can all make a difference and be assured that your contribution helps lead us all to a path of “Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities”!   The EOMF offers a number of easy options for giving:
Renew Your Membership or Become a Member – with several categories to choose from, everyone can make a difference.    Renew your membership online.  Make a Donation – choose a one-time donation or a monthly option. Make a donation online.  Charitable receipts will be issued upon request for all donations over $25.   For more information call 613-258-6587.  Thank you for your support!
Documentary Influences Grade 12 Student to Choose Forestry as a Career Path
From the Eastern Ontario Model Forest… “I was also fascinated by the variety of career paths forestry can take you. For many of my friends at school who are pursuing studies in business, engineering, and the arts, when they hear the word forestry, or forester, they think of lumberjacks and clear cutting, but in reality, this is not the whole picture. There is a significant amount of biology, economics, politics and cultural aspects involved in the research and processes behind forestry practices. It is a convergence of all these things. This is what drew me to forestry - just how diverse it is with respect to its connections with society. It’s also a profession where I can work, as well as conserve and manage the place that I love”.   Click here for full interview
Forest Life Expo – June 14, 15, & 16, 2019, Renfrew, Ontario
The Forest Life Expo showcases businesses who are connected to the forest where we work-play-live.   Activities related to the forest include – outdoor recreation, off-grid living, wood artisans, value-added manufacturers, non-timber forest products, creative rural businesses, logging & milling, and woodlot management.  This event is all about the experiences that enrich our lives, the Expo will offer a smorgasbord of experience related exhibits that will fill the appetite of any forest loving enthusiast.   More details
Invading earthworms could turn boreal forests from carbon sponge into carbon polluter
By Alanna Mitchell, The Independent… “Worms are showing up in Earth's northernmost forests, creating major unknowns for climate-change models. Cindy Shaw, a carbon-research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, studies the boreal forest — the world’s most northerly forest, which circles the top of the globe like a ring of hair around a balding head.  A few years ago, while conducting a study in northern Alberta to see how the forest floor was recovering after oil and gas activity, she saw something new: earthworms.  “Earthworms are yet another factor that can affect the carbon balance,” said Werner Kurz, a researcher with the Canadian Forest Service in Victoria, British Columbia.”  More details
Invasive Species Centre gets whack of cash from Ontario government
By: SooToday Staff… “The Invasive Species Centre (ISC) is receiving $850,000 from the Ontario government for research and management of invasive species throughout the province.  “We want to protect what matters most in this province, and one of those things that matters the absolute most is our environment and our natural resources, and they are under attack, many times, by invasive species,” Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano told SooToday following Friday announcement at the Invasive Species Centre.”  More details
Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation – here’s how to make it climate-friendly
From… “We’re all too aware of the consequences of plastics in the oceans and on land. However, beyond the visible pollution of our once pristine habitats, plastics are having a grave impact on the climate too.  A more fundamental solution is to switch to making plastics from biodegradable sources such as wood, corn starch, and sugar cane. The materials themselves are carbon neutral, although renewable power is essential to eliminate the climate impact of energy costs during production, transport and waste processing.”  More details
‘An outpouring of concern’: Forests Ontario’s Rob Keen on cancelling the 50 MTP
By Ellen Cools,… “The government of Ontario recently announced the cancellation of Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP), a program dedicated to planting 50 million trees by 2025, in order to reduce the province’s deficit and cut costs.  The program, which cost $4.7 million in 2018, had been funded by the government since 2008, administered by Forests Ontario. It provided financial support to landowners in Ontario to reduce the cost of tree planting and expand the province’s forest cover. The province has a long history of funding tree planting in southern Ontario, beginning with the opening of the first provincial tree nursery in St. Williams, Ont., in 1908.  For Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario, cancelling the 50 MTP came as a surprise.”  More details
U of T plans to merge forestry faculty with architecture, landscape, and design
By Maria Church,… “The University of Toronto (U of T) plans to merge its Faculty of Forestry with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.  The restructuring, which would take effect July 1, would bring an end to Canada’s oldest standalone forestry faculty established in 1907.”  More details
One Billion Trees Programme
From  “The Government has set a goal to plant one billion trees by 2028. The One Billion Trees Programme will deliver improved social, environmental, and economic outcomes for New Zealand.  The Government has allocated $120 million through the One Billion Trees Fund for direct grants to landowners – particularly farmers – to include trees on their farms. The Fund does not support whole farm conversions and has a target of planting two-thirds natives.”  More details
Municipalities point to counties official plan for municipal tree canopy and vegetation policy
From The Review… Although municipalities are pointing to the tree and natural vegetation policies contained in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) official plan as protection of municipal tree cover, the counties are not responsible for protection of tree canopy in municipalities.”  More details
To save the species, conservationists work to build a tougher butternut tree
By Andrew Lupton, CBC News… “Conservationists in southwestern Ontario are working to fight back against an insidious, tree-killing canker that threatens butternut trees across Eastern Canada.  Never an overly abundant species, butternuts are revered by woodworkers and were an important food source for Indigenous people.   But a canker first found in Wisconsin in 1967 had, by the early 1990s, taken root in Ontario. Butternuts are found throughout Ontario and as far east as New Brunswick.   But the canker — a non-native fungal disease that causes the bark to crack — has pushed the butternut to the brink of extinction.”  More details
The canary in Canada's boreal forest is a woodpecker
By Carl Meyer,… “The woodpeckers are representative of biodiversity. As a “focal species,” scientific projections of black-backed woodpecker populations can be used to examine the impact that climate change is having more generally on Canada’s vast boreal forests.  The study, published in February 2018, found that there could be a decline of up to 92 per cent in the woodpecker population in central Quebec by the year 2100, under a “worst-case” climate change scenario. Combined with disturbances caused by logging, the outlook is particularly grim.”  More details
Native forest plants rebound when invasive shrubs are removed
By Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State… “Removing invasive shrubs to restore native forest habitat brings a surprising result, according to Penn State researchers, who say desired native understory plants display an unexpected ability and vigor to recolonize open spots.  "The regeneration of native plants that we saw where invasive shrubs had been removed exceeds what we expected from looking at uninvaded parts of the forest," said researcher Erynn Maynard-Bean, who recently earned her doctoral degree in ecology.”  More details
Canada’s forests haven’t absorbed more carbon than they’ve released since 2001
By Sarah Lawrynuik,… “Ted Hogg’s research usually takes him much deeper in Canada’s boreal forest — but on a chilly day strolling through Edmonton’s river valley, it doesn’t take long before he sees examples of the damage he’s looking for.  Pointing to several of the snow bearing trees, he indicates the deaths he’s already witnessing from climate change.  “There’s a lot of trees dying. Different types of trees. There’s dead poplar, you can see the dead tops up there. Behind us is dead birch. And then there’s spruce ahead of us that’ve died a few years ago,” he said.”  More details
Forests Ontario explains how the 50 Million Tree Program helped the economy and environment
By Fatima Syed, Canada’s National Observer… “Two days after the Doug Ford government eliminated the largest tree-planting program in the country, Ontario's Environment Minister Rod Phillips was in the Town of Ajax — the eastern Ontario riding he represents — to take part in the annual community tree planting event.  Rob Keen, the CEO of Forests Ontario, who leads the 50 Million Tree Program the Doug Ford government eliminated on April 25, was present at the event.  Keen said he has a "constructive" discussion with Phillips about the program.  Phillips was "open-minded" and wanted to talk more, Keen said.  But official government messaging has been misleading on the topic, Keen said.”  More details
Ontario Improving Outdated Environmental Assessment Process
From the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks… “Ontario's government is protecting what matters most by modernizing its almost 50-year-old environmental assessment process to better serve Ontarians now and into the future by focusing on projects that pose actual, real risks to our environment and communities, streamlining approval timelines and eliminating duplication.”  More details
Nature offers serious benefits to our physical and mental health, research suggests
Marcy Cuttler, CBC News… “The students of Gradale Academy in midtown Toronto are on their way to a place they call "Mud Mountain" for some outdoor time that may offer an antidote to everyday problems affecting their physical and mental health.  Situated near their school around the trails of the Don Valley, "Mud Mountain" is, yes, dirty and mucky. Armed with clipboards, the students, who range from kindergarten to Grade 6, examine the foliage and wildlife of an early spring day.  But researchers believe nature offers more than just its beauty; it offers serious academic and mental-health benefits.”  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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