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Welcome to the February 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.

Join us for the 34th Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference!  Covid Edition
From the Eastern Ontario Model Forest… February is the traditional time for woodlot owners to gather in Kemptville for the winter woodlot conference.  Like other organizations affected by the COVID pandemic, the KWWC has had to adapt.  So, through the month of February, the planning committee has put together a weekly series of FREE noon hour webinars.  As in the golden days of TV/radio, you are invited to gather around your computer screen to listen and view our special forest themed presentations.
The following presentations will be offered and require a separate registration for each.  Please visit our website to register.  All presentation run from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.
February 3, 2021
Gypsy Moth Outbreak 2020
February 10, 2021
Wildlife Trees in Your Woodlot
February 17, 2021
Tree Marking for Woodlot Owners
February 24, 2021
Wildland Fire: Prevention and Mitigation Strategies
For the poster version of this event that you can download and send to friends, please click here.
To register for the webinars, please go to the Eastern Ontario Model Forest website registration.  Once registered you will receive an email that your registration has been received.  Approximately 1-2 days prior to the webinar you will receive an invitation to attend with login instructions.

The EOMF is hiring!

Do you have a passion for sustainable forestry and community partnerships? The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) is looking for a Coordinator to run the Forest Certification Program. The main purpose for this individual is to manage, and advance, forest certification in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest region, and to support the General Manager with other EOMF activities related to sustainable forestry. The EOMF manages an FSC® certificate on behalf of 13 community forests, 2 private commercial forest owners and 104 private landowners which spans 74, 800 hectares in southern Ontario. More details.
New Asian Longhorned Beetle Fact Sheet
From the EOMF…  the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) in partnership with the Invasive Species Centre has released a new fact sheet on the Asian Longhorned Beetle.  The Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glapripennis) or ALHB is an invasive wood-boring beetle native to China and Korea.  It infects and kills numerous hardwood species, especially maples.  Learn more about the ALHB, trees at risk, impacts, life cycle and what to look for in this new ALHB fact sheet
Forests Ontario Annual Conference - February 3-5, 2021
From Forests Ontario…  “Every year, Forests Ontario brings together more than 400 landowners, forestry professionals, students, educators and those passionate about our forests to explore key issues. Over the years, we have explored challenges to our biodiversity, the value of forests to our health and well-being, and the importance of our forests to our communities.  Join us virtually February 3-5, 2021 as an attendee, sponsor, or exhibitor, and take part in Ontario’s largest forestry conference!   This year's theme is Growing Our Future.”  More details

Annual Pest Review - Forest Health Update 2021 

From the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF)…  The Annual Pest Review, hosted by the EOMF - Forest Health Network, provides an opportunity to share current and emerging forest health issues throughout southern Ontario with a wide range of forest practitioners.  This year’s presentations are now available on the EOMF website.  More details
E-lecture Series: The Canadian Forest Service Research to Support Climate Change - Winter 2021
From the Canadian Forest Service… The upcoming CFS-CIF E-Lectures starting January 27, through to March 3, 2020, is a collaboration with the Canadian Institute of Forestry, featuring researchers from the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, with a focus on Climate Change solutions.   Stay up to date by regularly visiting here and you can register online for E-Lectures here.
New Survey: Future of Phragmites Management in Ontario
From the Ontario Invasive Plant Council… In collaboration with the Green Shovels Collaborative, the OIPC has designed a survey regarding the "Current Status of Phragmites Management in Ontario".  The completed survey results will be incorporated into a larger Strategic Framework document addressing the future of Phragmites Management in Ontario, funded by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  To this end, we ask that you take the time to answer the questions as accurately as possible. We expect this survey will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete.  Participant in the survey.
Scientists urge ‘right tree in right place' approach to restoring forests
From… “Poorly planned and executed tree planting schemes can harm the environment, experts warned as they set out “golden rules” for restoring forests.  Planting trees to suck up carbon emissions can be presented as an “easy answer” to tackling the climate crisis, but large-scale plantations can actually cause more problems than benefits, scientists have said.  The researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) are urging a “right tree in the right place” approach to make sure restoring forests benefits people and the planet.”  More details
How climate action can benefit from Indigenous tradition of '7th-generation decision-making'
From CBC’s What on Earth… “Unlike most other animals, humans have the ability to think in the long term. We plan not only for the coming days but also for years down the road: careers, children, homes and retirement.  However, when it comes to considering the very long term — say, generations ahead — we often fall short.  Some believe that when it comes to climate action, this short-sightedness neglects to take into account how our actions today — such as continuing to burn fossil fuels or cutting down forests — will affect our grandchildren, great-grandchildren and so on.  This type of long-term thinking isn't new to many Indigenous groups, who are used to what is termed "seventh-generation decision-making," where people make choices based on how it will affect their community decades, if not hundreds of years, into the future.”  More details
A catastrophe at the Catchacoma Forest
Curtis Bain, Guest Columnist, Peterborough Examiner… “I always knew working in the woods could be dangerous, but I never thought the danger would come from other human beings.  I am a professional forest worker and own my own company under McBain Quarries Inc. and have shares that enable me to harvest lumber on Crown land.  Last winter my father and I started an operation on the Crown forest north of Catchacoma Lake, south of Gooderham.  I left my equipment there in April, as we don’t operate in the summer.  I’ve checked on our machines (a skidder and slasher) every week since spring and everything was fine.  When I came in on Oct. 9, I found my machines destroyed.  It was devastating.  I couldn’t make sense of it.  It’s become increasingly difficult to make a living from logging.  For many of us it’s become a seasonal profession. There are timing restrictions to protect species at risk, which is a good thing but it means a majority of areas are unavailable to operate throughout the summer.  But I love what I do, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”  More details
Why forest-based carbon trading is poised to go mainstream
By Daan Wensing.… “Ten years after it dropped off the sustainability radar, forest-based carbon trading is finally poised to get off the ground for real.  The international market for climate finance is projected to reach $640 billion this year, according to NatWest Markets, and companies such as Walmart, Amazon, Nestlé, Alibaba and Mahindra Group are pledging to slash emissions and invest in nature as a carbon sink. Demand for forest carbon offsets could outstrip supply by 2025, carbon prices could quadruple by 2030 and offset values could be worth $125 billion to $150 billion a year by 2050.  Voluntary carbon trading is about to go mainstream, and we believe it can have a key role in safeguarding the future of our planet.  More details
The State of Canada's forests 2020 report
From 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 “Canada’s forests: adapting to change”.  More details
Maine wants to pay landowners to fight climate change with their trees
Josh Keefe.… “Denis Gallaudet is a retired banker, so he knows the value of things. Take, for example, his trees. There is value in the carbon that his 25-acre woodlot in the town of Cumberland sucks out of the atmosphere and converts into lengthening branches and thickening trunks. That’s because large companies, including Amazon and Disney, are willing to pay landowners for tree growth in order to offset their own carbon emissions.  A variety of groups are ramping up efforts to open up the multi-billion dollar carbon offset market to small forest landowners. They want their efforts to financially boost small landowners while also enlisting more corporate polluters to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change on the nation’s most forested state.”  More details
What will Waterloo Region's forests look like in 80 years?
From Yahoo News… “What will Waterloo Region’s forests look like in 80 years? One Waterloo researcher is beginning the work to try and answer that question.  Trant, an assistant professor in the school of environment, resources and sustainability at the University of Waterloo, says Waterloo Region is a particularly important area to study landscape shifts as the climate warms, because the region is in the middle of an ecotone — an area where two biological communities meet.  “There’s a different forest type to the south of us,” he says. And, “we’re at that edge, that kind of overlap zone where a different forest type goes to the north.”  More details
Wood stoves smoking us out
Rochelle Baker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter… “Smoke from wood stoves is contributing to air pollution and poses widespread health risks both in and out of homes.  If the stereotype associated with country living holds fast, folks in Canada’s small towns and rural communities should be relishing the benefits of fresh, clean air.  But rather the opposite is true, said Michael Mehta, a professor of geography and environmental studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C.”  More details
Thimmamma Marrimanu: The world’s largest single tree canopy
From… “Flourishing within one of India’s driest regions, Thimmamma Marrimanu has become an enduring symbol of eternal life – and it continues to grow through recent conservation efforts.” 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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