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Welcome to the December 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/CIF Forestry Christmas Seminar – December 12, 2018
"Urban Forest: Nice to Have? No: Need to Have"

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 will focus on the urban and near-urban forest.  Discussions on this subject have traditionally been about around selling the concept that trees are important to have in and around urban centres.  However, with changes to our climate, and the increasing awareness about the direct health links between humans and nature, our "want" is transforming more into a "need". Seminar Poster/Agenda
Feature Presentations include: 
  • National Context: Examples of Urban Forestry Best Practices across Canada (Michael Rosen, Tree Canada)
  • From Nice to Have to Must Have: Making the Case for Green Infrastructure in York Region (James Lane, York Region Forest)
  • Key Actions under the new Sustainable Development Strategy: NCC’s Contribution to Urban Forests in the Ottawa Area (Geneviève Mercier, National Capital Commission)
  • City of Ottawa: The Vision for a Forested Future (Nick Stowe/Martha Copestake, City of Ottawa)
  • Moderated Q&A Session and Re-cap of the Day (Astrid Nielsen, Eastern Ontario Model Forest)
Registration in advance will be required by December 7, 2018. The registration fee is $40 and includes morning refreshments and lunch.  You can register and online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF "One Time Payment" window or by calling 613-713-1525.   Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  Location: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Rd. 44, Kemptville, ON.  Time: 08:30 am to 1:30 pm.   
Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference – "Back to Basics" February 22, 2019
Join us for the 32nd Kemptville Woodlot Conference as we get “Back to Basics”!  This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Christian Messier, Professor of Forest Ecology and Urban Forestry & Scientific Director at ISFORT at the University of Quebec. Dr. Messier will address "How to Increase the Resiliency of your Woodlot in the Face of Climate Change AND Close Encounters of the Third Kind!”.
Program Highlights include: 
  • Call of the Wild: Wildlife in your Woodlot - Kerry Coleman, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • A Walk on the Sweet Side: Small-scale Maple Production - Scott Muldoon, Maple Producer
  • Woodlot Burning: Techinques and Tips for Hearth and Health - John Gulland, Wood Heat Organization
  • Fighting the Good Fight: Buckthorn & Other Invasives in your Woodlot - Cheyene Brunet, South Nation Conservation & Rob Ross, LImerick Forest 
Additional features include – “Ask an Expert" Booth; Chainsaw raffle; and Forestry Exhibits & Displays.
REGISTER TODAY!  Registration in advance is required by February 15, 2019. The registration fee is $35 and includes refreshments and lunch. You can register and online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF “One-Time Payment” window or by calling 613-713-1525.  Location: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Rd 44, Kemptville, ON (next to the Ferguson Forest Centre). Time: 08:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Registration, coffee & exhibits open at 8:00-9:00 am.  Check out the Poster here.
Job Posting – Executive Director, International Maple Syrup Institute
The International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI) was established in 1975 and is a non-profit organization representing maple industry stakeholders in both the United States and Canada. The IMSI is seeking an Executive Director (part time position) that will work with its Executive Committee in undertaking the responsibilities of the overall management and day to day operations of the organization.  More details
Ontario climate change plan includes fund to help big polluters reduce emissions
By Mike Crawley & Andrea Janus, CBC News… “The Ontario government unveiled its plan to combat climate change Thursday, including a fund that commits public money to entice companies to reduce emissions.  The regime, called the Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, aims to keep the province working toward meeting the emissions-reduction targets agreed to in the Paris Accord. That international agreement, which Canada has signed, calls for the reduction of emissions by 30 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030.  A major plank of the new plan is the Ontario Carbon Trust, to which the Ontario government will commit some $400 million over four years, to work with the private sector on developing clean technologies to reduce emissions.”  More details
Tree disease leaving 'zombie forest' in its wake, expert warns
From CBC News… “A forester from Bancroft, Ont., says the province could be doing much more to deal with an insidious disease that's killing beech trees across Ontario.  Svetlana Zeran called in to CBC's Ontario Today Monday to say beech bark disease is a major concern on the nearly 400,000 hectares of forest her company manages.   "We have been dealing with beech bark disease for about a decade," Zeran said. "Now that it is here on the [Canadian] Shield, it is moving very rapidly and we are seeing the disease come in and infect the trees and they are dead within two to five years."  More details
The silent killer in our homes: Wood-burning stoves emit six times as much pollution as a diesel truck... and they're ruining your health even if you don’t own one
By Dr. Gary Fuller, Leading Pollution Scientist, The Mail On Sunday… “Their march has been unstoppable, from traditional farmhouses and cosy country cottages all the way to the front rooms of suburban semis.  No family home, it seems, is complete without a stylish wood-burning stove.  And why not? Anyone who has ever watched the gently dancing flames will know that real fires are relaxing and reassuring, a nostalgic link to an age when life was simpler.  Yet this cosy reputation conceals an altogether dirtier reality.”  More details
Action needed to reverse Canada's wildlife decline, conservationists say
By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press… “Canada may be known for its wide-open spaces and wildlife, but the federal and provincial governments need to dramatically increase their efforts if they're to save the country's endangered species, conservationists say.  A World Wildlife Fund report last month created alarm with its finding that global wildlife populations dropped 60 per cent over the last 40 years, and recent data shows the situation in Canada is not a lot better.”  More details
Environmental movement needs hope to survive, activist says
From CBC News… “The greatest challenge facing the environmental movement today isn't global warming, deforestation or the pollution of the Earth's oceans, but an absence of hope in the messaging meant to motivate people to care, a local activist says.”  More details
Environmental groups call on feds to protect caribou on provincial land
By Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press… “Three environmental groups are calling on the federal government to protect boreal caribou in northern Ontario, saying a decade of mismanagement by the province has put the animals increasingly at risk.  The David Suzuki Foundation, Ontario Nature and the Wildlands League issued a petition to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna this week, requesting that she recommend federal cabinet issue what's known as a "safety net order" under the Species at Risk Act for two boreal caribou populations about 120 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.”  More details
It's not trails that disturb forest birds, but the people on them
From…“The first study to disentangle the effect of forest trails from the presence of humans shows the number of birds, as well as bird species, is lower when trails are used on a more regular basis. This is also the case when trails have been used for many years, suggesting that forest birds do not get used to this recreational activity. Published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, the finding suggests the physical presence of trails has less of an impact on forest birds than how frequently these recreational paths are used by people. To minimize the impact on these forest creatures, people should avoid roaming from designated pathways.”  More details
Humans are having a huge influence on the evolution of species
By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press… “Swallows are evolving smaller, more manoeuvrable wings to help them dodge buildings and vehicles.  Some fish are growing mouths that are smaller and harder to hook.  Large animals from caribou to tuna are disappearing.  Meanwhile, it's boom time for anything not too fussy about where it lives or what it eats.  "It's a reshaping of the tree of life," said Sarah Otto, a University of British Columbia researcher, whose paper was published Wednesday by the London-based Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  Otto, a much-awarded and highly regarded theoretical biologist, says the activities and presence of human beings have become one of the largest drivers of evolutionary change everywhere on the planet.”  More details
Saskatoon replacing sand, salt with wood chips in test run to fix slippery streets
From CBC News… “The City of Saskatoon is testing out an environmentally friendly way to make roads less slick this winter.  Inspired by cities in Switzerland and Quebec, city workers will be using wood chips on icy roads in the North Industrial Area rather than sand and salt. "We have to make sure the traction is as good as sand, and we have to make sure we won't be plugging up catch basins," said Brandon Harris. "The last thing we want is for spring to roll around and us to have a whole problem with getting rid of water."  More details
Money trees: The struggle over what’s ancient, giant, valuable and dwindling in B.C.’s coastal forests
By Chad Pawson, CBC News… “For the past seven years, environmentalists in B.C. have been looking for trees just like it — wide, tall and centuries old — big, ancient trees that erupt out of the ground and make people standing beside them look miniscule and insignificant.  In May, an hour’s drive southwest from the Vancouver Island logging town of Port Alberni, a group including TJ Watt and Andrea Inness found one — a giant Douglas fir measuring 66 metres tall and three metres in diameter at chest height.  The pair, who work for the environmental group the Ancient Forest Alliance, figured it was the ninth largest tree of its kind in Canada and around 800 years old.  But two weeks later, the giant fir was cut down by loggers who say it was rotten in its core and worth more being turned into products like wooden beams than living out its life in the forest.”  More details
Moon Phase and the Rut (Or: Something to Argue About at Deer Camp)
By Dave Mance,… “Deer hunters, like professional athletes, are always looking for an edge – it’s the nature of the pursuit. And so we’re susceptible to superstition, alluring gadgets, marketing campaigns. A classic genre that combines all three of those elements is the moon table – a chart that tells you when the best hunting days are based on the moon phase. These charts were a sporting magazine staple in the early days. In the print world they have largely gone the way of the Marlboro Man, but you can now buy an app which uses the moon to tell you when to take your hunting vacation.”  More details
Ontario's beech trees are facing a slow demise. Here's why
From CBC News… “Ontario's beech trees are slowly being consumed by a disease that's been on a steady march through the province for decades, experts say.  Beech bark disease comes as a two-part attack. First, a small insect burrows into the tree. Then a fungus takes over, slowly rotting the tree and causing it to die.  "After the insect has moved through, then the fungus will follow and cause the cankers on the tree," said Sylvia Greifenhagen, a research forester with Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  "When you get enough of these killing cankers in the bark, the tree will die."  More details
MPP John Yakabuski eager to get to work on new portfolio
By Tina Peplinskie, Pembroke Observer… “Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski is looking forward to getting acquainted with his new portfolio following a cabinet shuffle in the Ontario legislature Nov. 5.  Yakabuski takes over the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry after spending the first few months in office as the minister of transportation. He is excited to be involved in a ministry that addresses an important industry in his riding. He is familiar with forestry operations in the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke and he is looking forward working with members of the industry in his new role.” More details
 ‘Untouched’ not always best forestry plan
Editorial, Greenfield Recorder… “One hundred and ten years ago, a major forest fire swept through Wendell State Forest, resetting the forest ecosystem with new trees of a uniform age.  One hundred and ten years later, this 88-acre parcel is cherished by many residents “as a living, wild and natural asset” with towering oaks that are approaching “old growth” status.  Beyond the benefits of scenic beauty, wildlife habitat and recreation, the forest helps deter climate change by sequestering carbon in its trees.  So when the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced, in 2016, its plan to start timber harvesting in Wendell State Forest, opposition by nonprofit groups like RESTORE: The North Woods, the Partnership for Policy Integrity, the Wendell Historical Commission and private citizens quickly coalesced.  Located between the two ponds, this forest is one of the most visited and cherished areas in the state forest, and we want it to remain exactly as it is — untouched by human interference.”  Last week, state officials delivered their response — “No” — along with the rationale behind it.  More details
The World’s Wilderness Is Nearly Gone
By Michelle Chen, The Nation… “Nearly every day’s news cycle seems to bring another harbinger of environmental doom: from soaring global temperatures, to new statistics showing vast declines in wildlife populations along with constant stories of coral bleaching, chemical spills, and accelerating climate disasters. Now scientists have zoomed out to examine the world’s endangered landscapes on a macro scale, revealing that human society is not only exterminating flora and fauna—it’s literally ripping up the ground beneath them. Just a small fraction of the world’s wilderness lands can be considered relatively free of human interference. And without dramatic policy measures, the remaining wild places will soon be paved, farmed, mined, and polluted into oblivion.”  More details
DEMO 2020 prep underway outside of Ottawa
By Scott Jamieson,… :The industry advisory committee helping to organize DEMO International 2020 got its first peek at the active logging site just north of Ottawa/Gatineau, and early indicators are very positive.   DEMO 2020 will be held September 24-26 on land belonging to SBC Cedar, a family-owned manufacturer of eastern white cedar products. The 3.5-km DEMO loop is on the Low Property within the company’s 360-ha Venosta forest, and boasts gently rolling and well-drained terrain, and just about every wood type available in this part of the world.”  More details

These scientists explain how caribou habitat is altered by ‘highways for wolves’
By Carl Meyer, The National Observer… “The habitats of Canadian boreal woodland caribou are threatened by logging, energy exploration and climate change — but there are solutions and the animals are not doomed, say three Natural Resources Canada scientists. Yan Boulanger, Marc-André Parisien and Katalijn MacAfee sat down with National Observer in Ottawa on Nov. 1 to discuss their research into boreal caribou, and their habitat.”  More details
Handful of nations hold fate of world’s vanishing wilderness
By AFP-JIJI, The… “More than 70 percent of Earth’s last untouched wilderness lies in the territories of just five countries, scientists said Wednesday — mostly nations that alarm environmentalists with their lukewarm response to climate change.  True wild spaces — land and sea areas mostly unaffected by mankind’s explosive expansion and insatiable appetite for food and natural resources — now cover just a quarter of the planet.”  More details
‘Tall timber’ developments take a star turn in Toronto
By John Lorinc, Special to The Globe And Mail… “On a site tour earlier this month of Toronto’s first substantial “tall timber” project, the developer, Jeff Hull of Hullmark Developments, good-naturedly encouraged visitors to hug the columns – should they feel so inclined.  It’s not difficult to see why: After years of eager hype about the environmental and aesthetic virtues of “tall timber,” Hullmark, with partner Bentall Kennedy on behalf of Sun Life Financial, has become the first Toronto developer to hack through the regulatory and commercial underbrush to produce a building constructed with these materials – in this case, a 90,000-square-foot, five-storey office building linked to a 2012 Hullmark warehouse conversion project at 60 Atlantic that has won several design awards.”  More details
The 4th Annual National Invasive Species Forum (February 12-14, 2019 Ottawa, ON)
The Canadian Council on Invasive Species invites you to join leaders from across Canada to improve coordination and information sharing on invasive species prevention and management.  Participants from all levels of government, Indigenous organizations, businesses, professionals, academia and non-profits are all invited to discuss and identify shared approaches to stop the introduction and spread of invasive species to Canada’s landscapes.  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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