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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.
The EOMF has launched a new website!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website that does an excellent job if highlighting our key programs and services. Please check it out here!

Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference – "Back to Basics" February 22, 2019

Note: there are still some exhibits left, but space is running out. Contact for information on Sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities.

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
  • Wood Burning: Techniques 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 website 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. Speakers begin at 9:00. 
Forests Ontario’s Annual Conference is fast approaching... just short of one week away!
The 2019 Conference theme is “Natural Connections” and is being held on February 8, 2019.  Our forests are deeply rooted in our daily lives, our histories and our cultures. Our well-being—past, present and future—is intrinsically intertwined with this vital resource. However, our forests are increasingly impacted by ever-changing factors; societal, economic and environmental. Understanding our connection to our forests, and how our forests define our relationships with one another, is critical to the continued sustainable management of this incredible resource. Please check our website for the agenda and to register!

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
E-Lecture Series: Forest Science Providing Real Solutions
From Natural Resources Canada… “Please join us in the New Year for the winter 2019 session of the CFS-CIF e-lecture series: The Canadian Forest Service - Forest Science Providing Real Solutions.  E-lectures take place every Wednesday from January 9th to February 27th.  Check the attached poster for speaker and presentation information as well as registration details.”  More details
Ontario Woodlot Associations 26th Woodlot Conference and AGM
Save the date!  On Friday April 5th, 2019 the Ontario Woodlot Association will be holding their annual woodlot conference.  This year’s event will be held at The Lion's Community Centre - 157 Elgin Street E, Cobourg, ON.  More details to follow.
New emerald ash borer research could shed light on how pest holds up to Thunder Bay's winters
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Matt Prokopchuk, CBC News… “New research being conducted by a Canadian federal agency aims to shed light on how an invasive species discovered in Thunder Bay in 2016 will stand up to harsh winters, such as the one the northwest is experiencing now.  The emerald ash borer was first spotted in the city about two and a half years ago. The destructive pest kills ash trees, which were commonly planted along residential streets, threatening widespread damage to urban canopies.  Combating the beetle is a costly endeavour but scientists with Natural Resources Canada are investigating whether  temperatures below –30 C can kill the insect or slow down its spread. That type of information could be useful in predicting how the emerald ash borer will behave come spring.”  More details
Canada's climate gap widens yet again
By Barry Saxifrage in Analysis, Energy… “The gap between Canada's proposed climate efforts and its 2030 Paris Agreement target has grown even wider in the last year. The federal government is now predicting a gap larger than all emissions from the province of Quebec.  The numbers come from the latest climate pollution projections report, "Canada's Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollutant Emissions Projections 2018." Each year, the government tallies up its projections, and each year the picture has gotten worse.  Back in 2016, the Canadian government projected that all current and proposed policies (plus emissions credits they hope to be able to count) would get Canada to within 44 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) of the 2030 target.  The next year the projected "emissions gap" widened to 66 MtCO2.  And now, the government's newest projections show the gap has widened even further. They now project a gap of 78 MtCO2.  Unfortunately, that's the good news.”  More details
B.C. forests contribute 'hidden' carbon emissions that dwarf official numbers, report says
By Ryan Patrick Jones, CBC  News… "Uncounted forest emissions" represent a major hole in B.C.'s climate plan and show the need for a provincial forest emissions-reduction strategy, according to a new report by an environmental group.  Climate-warming carbon emissions released from B.C. forests in both 2017 and 2018 were more than three times higher than emissions from all other sources combined in 2016, the report from Sierra Club B.C. estimates.  The vast majority of the estimated 237 million tonnes emitted by B.C.'s forests resulted from another record-breaking wildfire season that burned more than 13,000 square kilometres of land.   "Our forests are not helping in the fight against climate change right now," said Jens Wieting, a campaigner with the group.”  More details
Timber can be more sustainable than other building materials, but it comes with some caveats
By Nick Kilvert, Life Matters… “Timber can be a beautiful, living building material.  Species like spotted gum, teak, silky oak and merbau each have their own unique strength, grain, colour and scent, and are prized for things like construction, furniture, sculpture and decking.  But Interpol estimates that up to 10 per cent, or $800 million worth of timber coming into Australia each year comes from sources classified as "high risk" for illegal logging.  And badly managed timber operations in Australia are destroying critical habitat for species like the Leadbeater's possum.  At the same time, we are told that we need to be keeping trees in the ground to help suck rising CO2 out of the atmosphere.  So should we be using timber at all, or is it doing more harm than good? And if we're going to use timber, are there particular things we should look for to make sure we're making the most sustainable choices?”  More details
Greenpeace Defeats Most of Logger’s RICO Suit
By Nicholas Iovino, Court House News Service… “Environmental groups on Tuesday defeated the bulk of a lawsuit claiming they conspired to smear a logging company with false statements, but Greenpeace must still face defamation claims for two statements it published.  “The judge’s decision to throw out the abusive racketeering charges is a positive development and a win for advocacy,” Greenpeace USA General Counsel Tom Wetterer said in a statement Tuesday.  Resolute Forest Products sued Greenpeace and its “co-conspirator”, formerly ForestEthics, in May 2016, claiming the groups plotted to defame the Georgia-based logging company as a “forest destroyer” through social media posts and newsletters.”  More details
Undiagnosed “Beech Leaf Disease” threatens eastern forests
By Jimmy Bingman, “Beech trees are dying and Ohio State scientists are looking to find a solution to the mysterious deadly disease that is causing it.  Provisionally named “Beech Leaf Disease,” or BLD, this unidentified and potentially lethal tree illness causes beech leaves to curl and fall off prematurely. Since its discovery in 2012, the disease has spread from Lake County, Ohio, to 10 other counties across Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and southern Ontario.  According to a paper published in “Forest Pathology,” symptoms of BLD initially manifest as dark green bands on the lower leaves of the tree. As symptoms spread throughout the tree, the leaves begin to wrinkle and die along with branches.”  More details
Women in Wood cutting down stereotypes
By Lacey Rose and Jessica Kaknevicius,… “Last year was a monumental one for women around the world. It is becoming apparent that women play a pivotal role in all industries, and that equitable opportunities for women are needed for industries to succeed.  This year marks the fourth year since Women in Wood (WIW) first launched – a networking group focused on bringing together women who work in, with and for the woods. By sharing information, collaborating, networking and mentoring, the group has enabled women to help each other succeed.”  More details
Thinning forest in Simcoe County promotes growth
By Bryan Myers, Barrie Advance… “Simcoe County foresters are thinning a section of the Museum Tract to improve the health of the forest and promote regeneration.  While Simcoe County is home to the largest municipal forest in the province, a hundred years ago, it was desolate wasteland.  Since 1922, the county has worked to grow and maintain the forest to its current size of — 13,300 hectares (33,000 acres) and growing.  “Much of that (forest) is plantation-based, formerly cleared for agricultural use,” Graeme Davis, a forester for the county, said. Over decades, trees planted have helped restore the soil quality and the quality of the growth. Depending on the age of the trees the county thins sections about once every decade, but generally there are four or five thinning operations active. Annually, the county thins between 400 and 500 hectares (over 1,000 acres).”  More details
Ontario Taking Steps to Improve the Endangered Species Act
From the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks… “Ontario's government is working for the people to reaffirm its commitment to protecting species at risk and their habitats.  As outlined in the made-in-Ontario environment plan, the government is ensuring stringent protections for species at risk, while continuing to work with conservation organizations, businesses, Indigenous communities and the public to improve the effectiveness of the program. As a first step, the province is undertaking a review of the Endangered Species Act.  A discussion paper has been posted on the Environmental Registry for a 45-day consultation period inviting the public, Indigenous communities and groups, conservation organizations and businesses to have their say on how the province can achieve positive outcomes for species at risk while reducing burden and increasing efficiencies for businesses.”  More details
Logging limits urged after discovery of old-growth trees in Algonquin Park
By Kristin Rushowy,… “A report from researchers who found large swaths of old-growth trees in Algonquin Park — including a 408-year-old hemlock in a logging zone — will be taken into consideration for the next forestry management plan for the area, the Ontario government says.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, responding to a recent Star article about the discovery of the rare four-century-old tree in the popular park, said consultations will be a key part of the updated plan.  Justine Lewkowicz, a spokesperson for Minister John Yakabuski, said forest management plans are done every decade for the park located about three hours north of Toronto, and involve “a rigorous process which includes stakeholder, public and Indigenous community input and involvement, as well as consideration of the broader Algonquin Provincial Park Management Plan.”  More details
Recycling is BS Update: Even aluminum recycling is a mess
By Lloyd Alter, “Our recycling system is broken, and we can't fix it without changing the way we live.  For over a decade we have been saying that Recycling is BS, "a fraud, a sham, a scam perpetrated by big business on the citizens and municipalities of America" or "Recycling makes you feel good about buying disposable packaging and sorting it into neat little piles so that you can then pay your city or town to take away and ship across the country or farther so that somebody can melt it and downcycle it into a bench if you are lucky."  It all worked – sort of – while when the stuff could be shipped to China, but then they stopped accepting our dirty waste. This is causing problems everywhere. According to Rebecca Beitsch in the Washington Post, it is putting small-town recycling programs in the dumps.”  More details
Pembina and Tree Canada continue partnership to green communities
From Pipeline News North… “Tree Canada will continue to help green dozens of schoolyards and neighbourhoods thanks to a $225,000 multi-year contribution from Pembina Pipeline Corporation. 
Now in its second year, this initiative supports Tree Canada’s annual grant program and an estimated 40 new tree planting projects are planned between 2018 and 2020. Tree Canada, Canada’s leading national tree-planting charity, will help schools and communities improve their tree canopy and grow better places to live.”  More details
New Database Aids Search for Certified Lumber
By Scott Gibson, Green Builders News… “Builders and designers seeking lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) can now turn to a new database for help in finding specific products and wood species.  The FSC Wood Finder allows users to search by the type of product, its availability, and its location in the U.S. and Canada, FSC Communications Director Brad Kahn said in a post at Trim Tab, the website of the International Living Future Institute.  Although there are hundreds of companies offering FSC-certified wood products, he said, it’s not always easy for builders to find exactly what they need, especially if they need it right away.”  More details
408-year-old tree discovered in Algonquin Park’s unprotected logging zone
By Kristin Rushowy,… “Researchers have discovered a 408-year-old tree amid a stretch of old-growth forest in Algonquin Park, located in an unprotected zone open to logging, the Star has learned.  The Ancient Forest Exploration and Research group — a non-profit, charitable educational organization — recently made the find west of Cayuga Lake.  It also identified three trees that are more than 300 years old, and five that are more than 200 years old, out of the 10 trees examined.”  More details
Statement from Health Canada on Glyphosate
From Health Canada… “Health Canada's primary objective in regulating pesticides is to protect Canadians' health and the environment. That is why the Department regularly reviews all pesticides to make sure that they continue to meet modern health and safety standards.  Following the release of the Department's final re-evaluation decision on glyphosate in 2017, Health Canada received eight notices of objection. There have also been concerns raised publicly about the validity of some of the science around glyphosate in what is being referred to as the Monsanto Papers.  Health Canada scientists reviewed the information provided in these notices, and assessed the validity of any studies in question, to determine whether any of the issues raised would influence the results of the assessment and the associated regulatory decision.  After a thorough scientific review, we have concluded that the concerns raised by the objectors could not be scientifically supported when considering the entire body of relevant data. The objections raised did not create doubt or concern regarding the scientific basis for the 2017 re-evaluation decision for glyphosate. Therefore, the Department's final decision will stand.” More details
How much can forests fight climate change?
By Gabriel Popkin, “When it comes to fighting global warming, trees have emerged as one of the most popular weapons. With nations making little progress controlling their carbon emissions, many governments and advocates have advanced plans to plant vast numbers of trees to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an attempt to slow climate change. But emerging research suggests that trees might not always help as much as some hope.”  More details
Silvopasture Can Mitigate Climate Change. Will U.S. Farmers Take it Seriously?
By Lela Nargi,… “Steve Gabriel curls back a bit of flimsy net fencing and shakes a plastic bucket of alfalfa pellets. Immediately, a sweet-faced, short-fleeced mob of some 50 Katahdin sheep pull away from a line of young black locust trees on whose leaves they’ve been snacking and swarm around him.  Gabriel is an agroforestry specialist at Cornell University’s Small Farms Program. He’s also the author of the book on silvopasture, a farming technique that’s touted as a way to sequester carbon by growing trees in livestock pastures.  Trees absorb and sequester large amounts of carbon over time; they’re rendered even more powerful when they’re used in concert with grazing and planted on “marginal” land that isn’t great for growing crops—what Gabriel calls the “funky edges” around, say, healthy woodlands.” More details
Canadian urban foresters enlist Google Street View to count the trees
By Tom Spears, The Ottawa Citizen… “In analyzing the state of Canada’s urban trees, the Canadian Forest Service visited only half of the 100 communities it studied.  For the rest, it gazed at the digitized trees of Google Street View.  And in the future, it may remove human eyes from the job entirely, and let artificial intelligence handle it.  The forest service wants cities and towns to know what mix of tree species they have, and what the balance of young and mature trees is, because a lot of money is tied up in trees. In particular, they are expensive to cut down and replace if a new type of bug follows the emerald ash borer, a voracious tree-killing beetle.”  More details
Seeing the forest through the trees
By David Gough,… “There’s money in agricultural woodlots. That was the message that Dave Pullen passed on at a session at the Southwest Agriculture Conference held at the Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph last Friday.  Woodlands have the high potential to generate a more significant part of farm revenue in southern Ontario, said Pullen, who is a municipal forester for Huron County, where his roles include forest conservation, management and extension services.  Input costs to manage woodlands are low and timber production potential is high, he said. There’s money in woodlots in the form of financial returns on the timber harvested and protection against soil erosion in adjacent fields caused by both wind and water.  Sometimes there is a struggle within agriculture about the value of woodlots, but Pullen said the two can exist very well.”  More details
Why more buildings should be made of wood
From the… “The second little pig was unlucky. He built his house from sticks. It was blown away by a huffing, puffing wolf, which promptly gobbled him up. His brother, by contrast, built a wolf-proof house from bricks. The fairy tale could have been written by a flack for the construction industry, which strongly favours brick, concrete and steel. However, in the real world it would help reduce pollution and slow global warming if more builders copied the wood-loving second pig.”  More details
2018 The year wood construction took some steps forward, steps back
By Lloyd Alter,… “Some dramatic changes this year will have a big impact on the future of wood construction.  Last year at this time, I called 2017: The year wood construction grew like a weed. This year, I am a bit more circumspect; there were lots of steps forward, with really interesting new wood projects built, but there were also a few significant steps back. There were also what I will call steps sideways, where I am not absolutely convinced that they are steps in the right direction.”  More details
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