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Welcome to the January 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.

Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference – Kemptville, ON (February 21, 2020)
Be sure to join us for the 33rd edition of the conference!  The theme is What your Forest can do for you”, touching on topics including: marketing your forest products; vernal pools; how technology in the forest can be fun; the "creation" of the Larose forest; and the challenges forest practitioners face around educating the public on sustainable forest management.  The conference will also feature forestry exhibits of all sorts, along with an ‘Ask an Expert’ booth, chainsaw raffle, and much more.  

Keynote Address - this year’s keynote speaker is Mark Kuhlberg, Laurentian University, Associate Professor and Director of the MA History program. 
“Ask not what your forests can do for you, but what you can do for your forests: Dispelling public myths about forestry and our forests”
Mark will discuss one of the greatest challenges that forest practitioners face is educating the public about our sustainable forestry practices, and that cutting trees shouldn’t always be viewed negatively. They often find themselves justifying their chosen profession even though we use forest products in many facets of our lives and they are often more sustainable option when compared to other materials.  Mark  uses his personal journey (he grew up in Toronto’s concrete jungle but then began tree planting when he was 18 years old) and his research into forest history to suggest ways in which the audience members can help dispel the many myths and misconceptions the general public holds about our forests and the people who manage them. 
Other program highlights include...
Technology in the Woodlot: Creating Your Biodiversity Inventory forests: Dispelling public myths about forestry and our forests – Ian Fife, Ontario Forest Birds at Risk Program Coordinator at Bird Studies Canada
Larose Forest: From Desert to Diverse Forest – Steve Hunter, United Counties of Prescott & Russell  
No Mere Puddles: Vernal Pools are Vital Habitat – Shaun Thompson, Ecologist

Marketing Forest Products – (Speaker to be announced)

Registration in advance is required by February 14, 2020.  The registration fee is $35 and includes refreshments and lunch.  You can register and pay by Visa, Mastercard or PayPal by visiting the Eastern Ontario Model Forest  website or or by calling (613) 713-1525.  Full conference agenda.  

2019 Ross Silversides Forestry Award

Each year the Eastern Ontario Model Forest presents the Ross Silversides Forestry Award to an individual(s) in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the vision and sustainable forestry in Eastern Ontario.  The Ross Silversides Forestry Award recipients for 2019 are Barbara Boysen, RPF and Rose Fleguel.  Both are well known throughout the forestry community for their individual contributions to tree conservation and for the many projects they have worked on together in partnership.  Throughout Barb’s career she has maintained her steady focus on helping to preserve and restore the genetics of our key afforestation species (such as white pine), and more unique threatened
species (such as butternut, elm, and now ash).  Rose is known throughout forestry circles as the butternut expert. Whenever inquiries are made to government agencies regarding issues with butternut, it is usually a very short time before the words “perhaps you should contact Rose Fleguel” are mentioned.   More details

Forests Ontario Annual Conference: We The Forest – Alliston, ON (February 14, 2020)

From Forests Ontario… “Our forests are our future.  They provide us with food, shelter and warmth. They support the ecosystem services we depend on and they fight climate change. But who speaks for the forests? In a complex economic and political climate, full of competing interests and priorities, how do we ensure that our forests remain at the forefront of our collective consciousness? How do we plan for their future when short-sightedness impacts their very existence?”  More details
The Year That Was and A Look Ahead: FPAC President & CEO Derek Nighbor
From The Working Forest … “For forestry workers and communities, 2019 was a challenging year.  Market headwinds, cost pressures, combined with the devastating fallout of pest and fire outbreaks have put thousands out of work. Forestry communities across British Columbia have been hit especially hard, and our industry has been working hard to support the families and communities impacted. At the same time and as we enter a new decade, Canadians are seized with the need to take real action to address the impacts of our changing climate, in a way that protects family-supporting jobs in communities that need them.   Notwithstanding recent setbacks, Canada’s forest products sector is ready, willing, and able to provide innovative solutions to some of our most pressing challenges.”  More details
Government of Canada releases emissions projections, showing progress towards climate target
From Environment and Climate Change Canada… “From forest fires and floods to heat waves and coastal erosion, Canadians are living the impacts of a warming climate every day. Fighting climate change presents an enormous opportunity – to protect the health and safety of Canadians, and also to position Canada for economic success as demand for clean technology accelerates around the world.”  More details
Draft Forest Sector Strategy Highlights
From the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry… “Today, the Ontario government released its draft Forest Sector Strategy for further feedback through the Environmental Registry. The government will also consult with Indigenous partners and engage municipal leaders on the draft for advice on how to best help protect existing jobs and create new ones, help industry innovate and attract new investment while ensuring our forests continue to be managed sustainably for the future of Ontario's communities and families.  Key actions for consideration in the draft strategy include…”  More details
Painting Our Way Out of a Corner
By Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist… “Each time I present on invasive pests, no matter which species is topical, I begin with a slide of Chicken Little, a character who fomented mass hysteria by convincing the other animals the sky was falling.  It’s usually good for a chuckle. Inevitably I then proceed to unload a barrage of horror on my poor audience, displaying bar graphs, pie charts, alarming statistics, and full-color photos of mayhem wrought by the particular pest of interest.  There’s a final slide that shows the position of the sky (up), with arrows in the direction of gravitational pull (down) at 9.8 m/s/s, clear proof that the sky is indeed falling. For some reason, fewer people laugh at the end. Go figure.  Threats posed to forest health by invasive species are no joke. Yet I think we educators often come across like Chicken Little, perceived as squawking about yet another threat to forests. It would be hard to blame the average person for asking themselves, gosh – how many times can the sky fall, anyway?”  More details 
Forests Ontario announced new support for its 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP) 
From Forests Ontario… “The 50 MTP is better and more accessible than ever," said Rob Keen, CEO of non-profit charity, Forests Ontario. "The new, expanded criteria opens the program up to more land and property owners, meaning more trees in the ground. It's a win-win for landowners, who save on tree planting costs, and for the environment."  Under the new criteria, property owners with room to plant a minimum of 500 trees can apply. The revised program creates more opportunity for urban and suburban tree planting, as well as rural planting.”  More details
Putting Wood to Work: 7 Benefits of Using Timber in Commercial and Industrial Design
By Megan Schires, “When it comes to commercial and industrial buildings that need to stand the test of time, wood is proving it has the necessary resilience and strength, while offering unique advantages over steel and concrete. In retail and office spaces, wood not only offers remarkable durability, but introduces a much-desired aesthetic warmth once absent from such environments. Adding mass timber to these spaces is a kind of modern-day revival of the century-old timber post-and-beam buildings of the past. What’s old becomes new again, but with all the state-of-the-art technologies and sustainable features expected in today’s commercial buildings.”  More details
Ontario forestry communities ask for a solution to the Endangered Species Act
By Alliance,… ““During the 2018 provincial election, an alliance of First Nation and non-First Nation (The Alliance) leaders from across Northern and Rural Ontario asked all three parties if they would stand up for Ontario’s renewable forest sector. In formal letters, the alliance outlined key issues with the two priorities being the development of a Provincial Forest Sector Strategy that accepts and embraces the sustainable use of Ontario’s forests and a long-term, workable solution that permanently removes the duplication between the Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA)”  More details
Ontario municipalities and conservation authorities spend millions on invasive species
Invasive Species Centre,… “A 2019 report from the Invasive Species Centre, calculates that Ontario municipalities and conservation authorities spend an estimated $50.8 million per year on invasive species management. The cost is felt most in urban areas, where expenditures are estimated at over $1 million annually per municipality.   When surveyed, invasive species managers in Ontario municipalities and conservation authorities indicated that emerald ash borer continues to be the costliest species. Collectively, close to $30M was spent last year managing emerald ash borer alone. Other notable species include zebra and quagga mussels, gypsy moth, and invasive plants such as Phragmites and wild parsnip, which combined cost almost $20M across Ontario to manage.”  More details
Enhanced career supports for youth coming in 2020
From Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc… “Thanks in part to funding by the Government of Canada and employers across the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Canadian Parks Council (CPC) networks, PLT Canada – which is an initiative of SFI – has placed over 2,000 youth into Green Jobs since 2018. The organization has managed to achieve gender balance in its job placements and connect more than ten percent of its positions to Indigenous youth.”  More details
The gift of reading for science buffs
From Natural Resources Canada… “Books have long helped us understand science and the natural world around us. In fact, Natural Resources Canada is home to the oldest science library in Canada, dating back to 1854.  Until then there was not enough money in the budget for books, so Sir William Logan, the founder and first director of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), took it upon himself to buy them to share with GSC staff.  Today, books continue to inspire, provoke and challenge. In the giving spirit of the upcoming season, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) scientists and researchers share their experiences of works that have inspired them in their careers and in their lives.  See if there’s one for the science buff on your shopping list!”  More details
Green economy think tank gives thumbs up to tree planting promise
By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press… “A green economy think tank at the University of Ottawa says the federal government's promise to plant two billion trees over the next 10 years is a cheap way to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised during the election campaign to spend $3 billion on land and water conservation projects between now and 2030.  Among those projects will be planting two billion additional trees.”  More details
Statement from Minister Yurek following the United Nations' Climate Change Conference
From the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks… “Following successful meetings with other Canadian Ministers and international leaders at the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25), Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, issued the following statement.  More details
New tree bylaw proposes stiffer fees, penalties
By Kimberley Molina, CBC News… “Ottawa's proposed tree protection bylaw strengthens rules protecting urban trees and halting deforestation by imposing harsh penalties for breaking them.  The new bylaw — which will go before the environment committee for approval next Tuesday, Dec. 17 — would blend two bylaws that currently deal with trees on municipal land and private property.”  More details
Alberta has its economic answer in front of them. Will they see the forest for the trees?
Jeff Passmore, Contributed to The Globe and Mail… “Federal Ministers Seamus O’Regan, Jonathan Wilkinson, Navdeep Bains, Catherine McKenna and Marie-Claude Bibeau have the economic growth, innovation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction solution right in front of them. It is the industrial bioeconomy, and it’s a strategy that can bring Ottawa and frustrated Western provinces harmoniously pulling in the same direction on the economy, jobs and the environment.  What is the industrial bioeconomy? It involves sustainably harnessing Canada’s forest and agriculture biomass resource to produce a wide range of products and materials that Canadians consume in our everyday lives. In fact, this resource can be used to replace 90 per cent of all the fossil-based products we currently use. Currently, our country is the envy of the world, as Canada has 9 per cent of the world’s forests and millions of acres of agriculture land.”  More details
Canada Under-Reporting Deforestation & Carbon Impacts by Forestry
From the Wildlands League… “As the latest UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) opens in Spain this week, a new investigation reveals Canada's deforestation by forestry is much larger than what was previously known.  The study reports for the first time that approximately 21,700 ha are deforested each year in the boreal forest of Ontario which is seven times greater than the reported rate of deforestation by forestry for all of Canada (average is approx. 2,800 ha/year). This is despite the fact only 17% of Canada's logging takes place in that province.”  More details
Province, forest industry rebut Wildlands League report on 'logging scars'
By Gary Rinne,… “The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is defending its forest management practices in the wake of a critical report from an environmental group.   Ontario's MNRF issued a response Wednesday, saying it does consider the loss of productive land in current forest management practices.  The Forest Products Association of Canada said the Wildlands League report fails to understand Canada's 21st century forest sector.  In a statement below the headline "Forest Report Wildly Misleading," it said Canada is a global leader in sustainable forest management, and is in the midst of a transformation leading to innovative new products and "enhanced environmental credentials."  More details
Misleading Report Fails to Understand Canada’s 21st Century Forest Sector; Ignores Role Forests Play in Helping to Fight Climate Change
From the Forest Products Association of Canada… “Canada is an undisputed global leader in sustainable forest management. For more than 100 years, the forest sector has played a fundamental role in Canada’s economy.  A key role we are playing in fighting climate change is using wood products as alternatives to higher carbon intensive products such as cement and single use plastics.  Regretfully, this report overlooks the innovative, sustainable and inclusive nature of Canada’s forest sector in the 21st century, and it does not acknowledge the positive solutions-based role we’re playing across the board.”  More details
Conservation of Frontenac Arch Protected Lands Expanded
By Robert John, Kingston Herald… “The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced Wednesday evening the protection of 119 hectares (294 acres) of granite ridges, wetlands, streambanks and forests in the Frontenac Arch.  Once the treasured retreat of local landowner John “Jack” Hunter Allum, NCC’s Leland Wetlands, 25 kilometres from Kingston, has been added to NCC’s Loughborough Wilderness, a collection of protected lands at the heart of the Frontenac Arch.”  More details
Tree-mendous recovery: Elm trees are making a comeback in Britain thanks to the development of new breeds that are resistant to Dutch elm disease
By Ian Randall For Mailonline & Colin Fernandez, The Daily Mail… “Elm trees could make a comeback after dying in their millions during the 1970s when they were ravaged by disease.  Varieties that are more resistant to Dutch elm disease have been identified and could be used to repopulate the country.  The Future Trees Trust has found mature specimens around the country that have successfully resisted the fungal infection – and elm saplings have been bred which are not harmed by it.”  More details
Europe Is Burning U.S. Wood as Climate-Friendly Fuel, But Green Groups Protest
By Dan Charles,… “On a soggy field in eastern North Carolina, Jason Tew and his crew of loggers are cutting trees and sorting logs into piles based on their size and the type of wood. There’s a lot of pine, but also hardwoods: poplar, sweet gum, elm and oak. Some piles will go for making plywood; some will become absorbent fiber in baby diapers.  The least valuable pile is full of small hardwood tree limbs. “It’s basically trash,” Tew says. “We would have normally hauled that back in the woods and just left it.” 
In the last few years, though, new buyers for that wood have appeared. These “pellet mills” take the wood, crush it, and press it into little pellets made for burning. They’ve been expanding rapidly across the southeastern United States, and they’re provoking heated debate over what deserves to be called “renewable fuel.”  More details
Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?
By Phuong Le, Associated Press… “As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun.  He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right distance. Then he squeezed the trigger and the owl fell to the forest floor, its carcass adding to a running tally of more than 2,400 barred owls killed so far in a controversial experiment by the U.S. government to test whether the northern spotted owl's rapid decline in the Pacific Northwest can be stopped by killing its aggressive East Coast cousin.”  More details
Minister announces $50-million a year forestry program
By Bob McIntyre,… “The Ontario government is making it easier for forestry companies to sustain and create new jobs in the future.  John Yakabuski, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, was at Quality Hardwoods in Powassan Friday morning announcing a $50-million, five-year program.  The minister has reformatted the former Forestry Growth Fund and renamed it the Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program (FSIIP).  Funding will be made available over five years at $10-million dollars a year.  Yakabuski says the program is now easier to apply for and it puts more emphasis on the impact the project will have on the local region.”  More details
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