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Welcome to the October 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.
 

European Gypsy Moth Webinar - Wednesday October 7, 2020
 
From the EOMF… “Presented by Taylor Scarr from Natural Resources Canada and Dan Rowlinson from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, this webinar will feature updates on the provincial 2020 survey and data collection techniques used in the field. This webinar will also examine best management options for gypsy moth and the measures landowners, land managers and municipalities can take to help slow the spread and protect our forests from this invasive pest.  This webinar is presented to you by the Invasive Species Centre’s Early Detection and Rapid Response Program and the Eastern Ontario Model Forest.”   More details
 
New Landowner Fact Sheet on Gypsy Moth
 
From the EOMF… A new Fact Sheet on Gypsy Moth has been recently release.  This was a collaboration between the County of Lanark, Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF), and the Invasive Species Centre.   More details
 
Welcome to The Cif-Ifc National Electronic Lectures
 
The CIF-IFC offers an interactive electronic lecture series. The lectures run for approximately one hour on weekdays beginning at 1:30 pm Eastern and feature experts and practitioners from across Canada. Participation is free.  This month’s E-Lecture Series: “Elevating Yourself, Your Colleagues, Your Organization - Making Changes Happen”.  More details
 
Canadian population of at-risk species declined over last 50 years: report
 
The Canadian Press… “A wildlife organization says species that are at risk of global extinction have seen their Canadian populations decline by an average of 42 per cent in the last 50 years. Furthermore, Canadian species at risk nationally have declined by 59 per cent on average during that time period.  The World Wildlife Fund says Canada isn't doing enough to protect its endangered species.  The "Living Planet Report Canada 2020" used 300 sources of data dating back to 1970, and included 100 mammal species, 389 bird species, 357 fish species and 37 species of amphibians and reptiles that are on the International Union of Conservation of Nature's Red List of species considered to be of global conservation concern.”  More details
 
Canada Joins the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People
 
News Provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada… “Today, the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, along with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, indicated that Canada has joined Costa Rica and France, as well as other countries, to continue to champion this important work for global biodiversity. The target would be adopted as a part of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework at the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2021. The framework will include targets to guide the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity around the world over the next 10 years.”  More details
 
US appeals WTO ruling in lengthy Canada lumber dispute
 
From The Business Recorder… “The United States said Monday it had appealed a World Trade Organization ruling that favoured Canada in a longstanding battle over lumber imports, describing the decision as "deeply flawed".  US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer had immediately slammed the decision as "erroneous" and said they "prevent the United States from taking legitimate action in response to Canada's pervasive subsidies for its softwood lumber industry."  More details
 
Famous Quaking Aspens Expected to Be Hit by Climate Change
 
By Mary Jo DiLonardo, TreeHugger.com… “Known for their brilliant gold leaves that tremble even in light breezes, quaking aspens are the most widely distributed tree species in North America. While scattered throughout all the western states, most of the aspen forest in the U.S. is found in Colorado and Utah.  But researchers predict that these distinctive trees will decline in distribution in the Colorado Rocky Mountains due to climate change over the next century.”  More details
 
Ontario’s first six-storey mass timber residential rental build could be a trendsetter
 
Don Procter, Daily Commercial News… “Ontario’s first six-storey mass timber residential rental building in Toronto is underway on Queen Street East. The largely prefabricated CLT structure will be assembled in less than six weeks, after the foundation has been completed. The mass timber design consists of a 20-foot-wide six-plex and a 40-foot 12-plex.  The company behind Ontario’s first six-storey mass timber residential rental building in Toronto sees it as a viable new model for midrise housing.  R-Hauz Solutions Inc.’s co-founder and principal Leith Moore says the 13,500 square foot pilot in the Beaches neighbourhood is “a repeatable product” that speeds design, development and construction.”  More details
 
It's time to celebrate rich heritage of 33,000-acre Simcoe County Forest
 
OrilliaMatters Staff, orilliamatters.com… “In recognition of the vital role that forests play in Simcoe County, the County of Simcoe is encouraging residents to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of National Forestry Week by learning more about our rich forestry heritage and explore the vast and unique Simcoe County Forest for themselves.  "As a self-sustaining asset, our Forestry program contributes greatly to our environment, economy, tourism, lifestyle and the overall quality of life of our residents.  The Simcoe County Forest dates back to 1922 when it became the first municipal government to opt into the Government of Ontario's Agreement Forest program.  The County Forest is now more than 33,000 acres distributed on more than 150 properties throughout the County. Over 20 million trees have been planted within the County Forest since inception.”  More details
 
Husqvarna releases two new battery-powered chainsaws
 
By Husqvarna… “Husqvarna, one of the world’s leading producers of forest, park and outdoor power equipment products, has set a new standard for battery-powered chainsaws with the launch of two new products – the T540i XP® top-handle and 540i XP® rear-handle chainsaws.  The new Husqvarna T540i XP® and 540i XP® battery-powered chainsaws feature a new, ground-up design and are developed specifically with professional users in mind. Used with the newly released Husqvarna BLi200X (T540i XP®) or Husqvarna BLi300 (540I XP®) batteries, the new chainsaws have capabilities equivalent to professional 40cc petrol chainsaws, making them ideal for tree removals and smaller felling tasks.”  More details
 
Citizen scientist spots a newcomer on Canadian elm trees
 
Véronique Martel, Natural Resources Canada… “Many community science websites invite people to post photos of wildlife sightings. This may seem like a small gesture, but in the summer of 2020, such observations led to the detection — for the first time in North America — of a new exotic insect attacking elm trees: the elm zigzag sawfly.  What is this newcomer? It attacks elms and is naturally present in Asia.  However, since at least 2003, it is also present in Europe. It is therefore not surprising to find it now in Canada.”  More details
 
Europe's primary forests: What to protect? What to restore?
 
From German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, phys.org… “Primary forests are forests without any signs of past human use and where ecological processes are not disrupted by human influence. These forests are of outstanding ecological value. They are an irreplaceable part of our natural heritage and critical for conserving forest biodiversity.  In Europe, where millennia of land use have transformed forested landscapes, very few such primary forests remain, and these are mostly found in remote and relatively unproductive areas.  Even if scarce and irreplaceable, many of these forests are not legally protected and continue to be logged in Europe.”  More details
 
SFI director highlights the importance of certification in mass timber construction
 
Don Procter, Daily Commercial News… “As the mass timber building movement gains momentum, designers and builders need assurance that the wood products on the market are of high standards on a number of fronts.  The Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI), the largest single forest certification standard in the world, is one of three certification agencies to provide that assurance.  Annie Perkins, a senior director for the green building and supply chain of SFI, said part of the organization’s job is to give architects and others in the building/design community confidence that the wood certified by SFI has gone through “a proper chain of custody and comes from well-managed forests.”  More details
 
What’s an intact forest worth? The tricky task of quantifying Canada’s nature-based climate solutions
 
James Wilt, The Narwhal.ca… “The millennia-old red cedars of the Great Bear Rainforest, and the western hemlock, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce rubbing at their shoulders, capture a million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere each year, holding onto it as long as the giant trees stand.  Since 2012, the work of the trees and plants of B.C.’s coastal rainforest have been generating credits — one credit for every tonne of carbon sequestered — that are bought by the B.C. government, companies and individuals wanting to offset their carbon emissions.  The goal is to create an economy that doesn’t rely on cutting down these carbon-sequestering senior citizens. In turn, the carbon credit revenue has helped to fund Guardian Watchmen programs in nine coastal First Nations. These Indigenous guardians patrol the landscape and conduct fisheries management and species monitoring.”  More details
 
86% consumers consider wood sustainable material: study
 
From Fibre2Fashion.com… “Eighty-six per cent of consumers consider wood a sustainable textile raw material, according to a study on consumer attitudes towards textile materials and sustainability by Spinnova.  Still, only one third are familiar with wood-based apparel.  Consumers think brand sustainability image is single most important sign of conscious buying decision.  The study was made in Finland, Sweden, Germany, France and US in the spring of 2020. “  More details
 
Head to this cemetery to see a living museum of Canada's rarest trees
 
Colin Butler, CBC News… “When people think of natural history museums, cemeteries aren't the first thing that come to mind, but Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London has a collection of rare trees that need to be seen to be believed.  Bob Gooden, a groundskeeper who has been working at Mount Pleasant Cemetery for 41 years… has become the unofficial curator of a living collection of some of Canada's oldest and rarest trees.  From sycamores to tulip trees, prehistoric-looking hemlock and tropical-looking catalpa all in one place, the cemetery hosts trees you likely won't see anywhere else in Canada.”  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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