EOMF/CIF Forestry Christmas Seminar – Kemptville, ON (December 11, 2019)
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Hosted in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Model Forest and the Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, this year’s annual seminar theme is "From Seed to Home: Telling the full story of building with sustainably harvested wood"
. This this year’s event will focus on telling the full story of how building with wood is the most sustainable option, from the time the tree is planted in the forest to when the final product is used for the build. We will hear how a forest can be managed for multiple forest values such as recreation, wildlife and clean water, all while providing a continuous supply of wood to feed the local mill. We will also hear how building codes are changing to allow for taller wood structures, and how new technology can produce stronger wood products with less to meet these demands. This will be a great opportunity for those who wish to understand why building with wood is a good choice, from both an ecological and engineering perspective. A detailed agenda and registration information will follow and will be posted on the EOMF website
Anticipate $2M from carbon credit program preserving forests
By Jim Kinney, masslive.com… “Trees covering 15,000 acres of watershed and parkland in West Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield stand to make more than $2 million for the three cities over the next 10 years. And all the trees must do is breathe. The Tri-City Carbon Sequestration Program converts those trees — and what they take in in carbon dioxide and give off in life-giving oxygen — into carbon credits that are then sold to developers looking to offset the impact of their projects.” 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
Renfrew County Woodlot Conference – Eganville, ON (November 23, 2019)
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New conference format… this year’s event will be held indoors at the Eganville Community Centre and will feature a wide array of speakers covering topics such as – $$$ value transformation arising from tree marking over a number of thinning operations; managing woodlots to encourage game species; "storm proofing" your woodlot in a period of climatic change; etc. More information will be release later this month.
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 and a 1.5 day Refresher Course will be offered on October 1 & 2, 2019. For more details & registration information.
Forest Pest Management Forum 2019 – Ottawa, ON (December 3–5, 2019)
Save the Date! Organized by Natural Resources Canada in support of the National Forest Pest Strategy, the Forum is the largest and most significant gathering of forest pest management experts, managers and practitioners in Canada. The objectives are to share information on current and future pest conditions, pest control operations, environmental issues and the development of alternatives to chemical insecticides, as well as to discuss new technology and the latest research findings. More details
Local conservation authority sees little good in provincial moves
By Scott Dunn, Owen Sound Suns Times… “Provincial requests to conservation authorities Friday to “wind down” what it called non-core programs won’t save the province any money and its new funding approach risks creating an inferior patchwork system of watershed protection. That’s the assessment of the interim general manager of the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, Tim Lanthier, who while reluctant to say the government doesn’t understand how authorities operate, said it looks that way.” More details
Final Cut: Canada Leads in Forest Certification
By Derek Nighbor – Forest Products Association of Canada… “Forestry has long been foundational in the history, economy, and culture of Canada. More recently, it has figured prominently in what is fast becoming a global “cri de coeur” for environmental leadership and action on climate change. This past December, Canada’s forest sector was validated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), which officially recognized the critical role that forest management plays in helping us achieve global climate change targets. Although not widely understood, Canada’s forest certification regime plays an important role in maintaining this global reputation for leadership and excellence.” More details
The Amazon Is Not Earth’s Lungs
Peter Brannen, The Atlantic… “The Amazon is a vast, ineffable, vital, living wonder. It does not, however, supply the planet with 20 percent of its oxygen. As the biochemist Nick Lane wrote in his 2003 book Oxygen, “Even the most foolhardy destruction of world forests could hardly dint our oxygen supply, though in other respects such short-sighted idiocy is an unspeakable tragedy.” The Amazon produces about 6 percent of the oxygen currently being made by photosynthetic organisms alive on the planet today.” More details
If Carbon Offsets Require Forests to Stay Standing, What Happens When the Amazon Is on Fire?
By Lisa Song, ProPublica & Paula Moura, ProPublica… Next month, California regulators will decide whether to support a plan for tropical forest carbon offsets, a controversial measure that could allow companies like Chevron, which is headquartered there, to write off some of their greenhouse gas emissions by paying people in countries like Brazil to preserve trees. The Amazon rainforest has long been viewed as a natural testing ground for this proposed Tropical Forest Standard, which, if approved, would likely expand to countries throughout the world. Now that record fires are engulfing the Amazon, started by humans seeking to log, mine and farm on the land, supporters are using the international emergency to double down on their case for offsets.” More details
FPAC’s Derek Nighbor elected ICFPA president
By FPAC… “The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has announced that Derek Nighbor, president and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), has been elected its new president. “It is an honour to be chosen by colleagues from around the world to assume this role at such an exciting time for forestry and the forest products sector. The men and women in our industry are innovative and hard-working. They are providing solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing people around the world,” said Nighbor.” More details
Chainsaw juggler to attempt new world record during HubFest
Lynn Curwin, Thechronicleherald.com… “ Ian Stewart was practicing axe juggling but he got sidetracked by chainsaws. He heard his chainsaw juggling record had been broken and he started training for an effort to set a new one. “I beat the old record of 88, with 94 catches in 2011,” he said. “Last July a man in Finland (Janne Mustonen) set a record of 98 so now I’m hoping to be the first to crack 100. I only need two extra throws but it’s a challenge.” He’s practicing but being careful not to over practice, as it is hard on the body.” More details
Environmentalists Have Been Warning About Amazon Fires for Decades. The Stakes Are Now Higher Than Ever
By Mahita Gajanan, Time.com… “The Amazon rain forest is burning — news that prompted shock and fear across the world as Brazil’s space research agency reported this week that a record number of fires have broken out in the forest this year. Online, hashtags urged people to pray for the Amazon and to spread awareness of the fires. By Thursday, French president Emmanuel Macron had called discussions of the “international crisis” to be at the top of the agenda at the upcoming G7 Summit in France.” More details
Amazonia on fire: 'The earth isn’t dying. It’s being killed.'
By Melissa Breyer, treehugger.com… “The Amazon rainforest has hit a new record – and not the good kind. With 72,843 fires detected so far this year by Brazil’s National Institute for Space research (INPE), it is the highest number of fires in the country since records began in 2013. The increase marks an 83 percent surge over the same period in 2018. More details
Want to beat climate change? Protect our natural forests
Kate Dooley (University of Melbourne) & Brendan Mackey (Griffith University)… “Land degradation, deforestation, and the expansion of our deserts, along with agriculture and the other ways people shape land, are all major contributors to global climate change. Conversely, trees remove carbon dioxide and store it safely in their trunks, roots and branches. Research published in July estimated that planting a trillion trees could be a powerful tool against climate change. However, planting new trees as a climate action pales in comparison to protecting existing forests. Restoring degraded forests and expanding them by 350 million hectares will store a comparable amount of carbon as 900 million hectares of new trees.” More details
Amid climate crisis, we must change the way we look at land
David Suzuki, Timescolonist.com… “Land and agriculture are critical components in the climate crisis. According to a new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, land use — including agriculture and forestry — accounts for 23 per cent of human greenhouse gas emissions, while “natural land processes absorb carbon dioxide equivalent to almost a third of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry.” Simply put, the way we manage forests and grow, process and distribute food is contributing to climate disruption, but protecting and restoring natural landscapes will help absorb excess CO2.” More details
Study finds invasive insects are a big contributor to climate change
Dan Kraker, MPRnews.org… “Invasive insects like the gypsy moth and emerald ash borer — which are steadily marching across Minnesota and the rest of the country, feasting on trees and ultimately killing them — are also contributing to climate change, according to a study released last week.” More details
Researcher seeks to make trees more resilient amid a changing climate
By University of Toronto… “Katharina Braeutigam, a plant epigeneticist at the University of Toronto, wants to grow trees fit for a future climate. By studying plants at the molecular level, Braeutigam looks at how trees respond to external signals such as drought, and how they record "memories" of stress. She also researches how they respond to internal signals—specifically those that determine sex.” More details
Book details early North Shore logging industry
Lindsay Kelly, northernbusiness.com… “John Haegeman spent four decades researching the history behind some of Northern Ontario’s earliest logging camps. Now the 84-year-old Espanola author has compiled his work into a new book. The History and Location of North Shore Logging Camps is a 250-page compendium chronicling Haegeman’s adventures visiting 300 logging camps along the North Shore of Lake Huron, which were operational from the 1880s to the 1940s.” More details
New Michael Moore-backed doc tackles alternative energy
Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press… “ What if alternative energy isn't all it's cracked up to be? That's the provocative question explored in the documentary "Planet of the Humans," which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by one of his longtime collaborators. The film, which does not yet have distribution, is a low-budget but piercing examination of what the filmmakers say are the false promises of the environmental movement and why we're still "addicted" to fossil fuels.” More details
Forests Ontario Planting Delivery Agent Plants Her One Millionth Tree
From Forests Ontario… “Eleanor Reed, a Norland area forester, planted her one millionth tree on a local property in May. Reed has been a Planting Delivery Agent for the 50 Million Tree Program since it first began in 2008. Managed by Forests Ontario, the program was funded by Ontario’s provincial government until 2019, and will continue to be funded until 2025 by the federal government. Through the program, Eleanor planted trees for over 150 landowners in Kawartha Lakes and the surrounding municipalities. She established nearly 1,300 acres of forest. These young forests sequester significant amounts of carbon every year and help to mitigate the effects of climate change.” More details
How rollbacks to the U.S. Endangered Species Act could impact conservation in Canada
Stephanie Hogan, CBC News… “The U.S. Endangered Species Act has been called the pit bull of environmental law. "It's short, compact, and has a hell of a set of teeth," is how Donald Barry, vice-president of the World Wildlife Fund, described the landmark legislation more than a quarter century ago. But the law got kicked in its teeth this week. And, as with many actions taken south of the border, Canadians who work in conservation say the changes will have an impact here.” More details
Southern Ontario architects, engineers learn where wood comes from
From Northernontario.com… “A group of southern Ontario architects, engineers, and union leaders took part in a forestry and mill operations in Timmins. As part of the It Takes a Forest awareness initiative, the mill and bush tour is co-sponsored by Forests Ontario, EACOM Timber Corporation and Rayonier Advanced Materials. The tour was born out of the need to increase awareness around the forest sector, as well as to address the knowledge gap between southern Ontario wood users and Northern Ontario wood manufacturers and forest managers.” More details
'Part of German soul' under threat as forests die
By Kate Connolly, theguardian.com… “A catastrophic combination of heat, drought, storms, forest fires, beetle plagues and a fungi blight have so far this year destroyed swathes of German forest equivalent to more than 200,000 football fields. Forests are one of the most efficient ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and in Germany alone they are able to absorb 62 million tonnes of CO2 – about 7% of the country’s emissions – every year. But forests have also been at the heart of Germany’s cultural identity for centuries, and politicians are now seizing the issue – known as waldsterben (dying forest) – as a top priority.” More details
Green living goes up, up, up: The wood boom in condo construction
Denise Deveau, National Post… “For years, wood has been a popular design element for residential homes and showpiece commercial projects, such as the AGO’s Frank Gehry addition or the Mountain Equipment Co-op headquarters. Now, thanks to changes in Ontario’s Building Code, mid-rise buildings can follow the latest trend as well. Not only does lumber offer important environmental and cost benefits, architects and designers are starting to use wood elements both externally and internally to create a warmer, more natural look that appeals to many buyers.” More details
Inside a Rainbow
By Susan Shea, northernwoodlands.org… “After a passing shower, when the sun comes out again, I often see a rainbow in the east behind my house, arching over the trees on the hilltop. Ancient peoples were awed by these multi-colored arcs in the sky and came up with a variety of explanations. To the Norse, a rainbow was a bridge connecting Earth with the home of the gods that could only be used by warriors killed in battle. In Japan, rainbows were the paths used by the original ancestors of humans to descend to earth from the heavens. In Hindu mythology, Indra, the god of thunder and war, uses a rainbow as an archer’s bow to shoot arrows of lightning. Today we understand more of the science behind rainbows.” More details