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Welcome to the September 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
Canadian Institute of Forestry Virtual 2020 National Conference - September 15-17, 2020
Canadian Institute of Forestry… “For the first-time in its history, the Canadian Institute of Forestry will be hosting its National Conference and Annual General Meeting in a completely virtual format.  The Conference will take place online from September 15-17, 2020.  The Conference theme, “Diversity and Innovation - Cultivating Resilience in Forestry,” will focus on a range of topics including, but not limited to: climate change, Indigenous perspectives, emerging and innovative technologies in forestry, and the forest sector’s role in Canada’s transition to a low carbon economy – offered through a great line-up of speakers, concurrent and plenary sessions.”  More details
Province promotes sustainability with economic growth in new forest strategy
From Northern Ontario Business… “The Ontario government believes it's struck the right balance in keeping the province's forests "healthy for generations to come" while "putting more wood to work" and creating "more good-pay jobs" in the forestry sector.  Provincial Natural Resources and Forestry Minister John Yakabuski released a new 10-year forestry plan - Sustainable Growth: Ontario's Forest Sector Strategy - in Rutherglen, near North Bay, Aug. 20th.   The plan calls for "maintaining the highest levels" of forest management and environmental stewardship while improving cost competitiveness, promoting innovation, recruiting more people to the sector, and finding new markets.”  More details
Long-lived trees may have found the cellular secret to theoretical immortality
Quirks & Quarks, CBC Radio… “For most living things, getting older and dying are the facts of life that are programmed into our DNA.  That seems not to be the case for the Ginkgo biloba tree, which scientists say can theoretically live forever.  "The exciting thing about the ginkgo tree, from our research, is that we believe that it doesn't actually have that program built into it," said Richard Dixon in conversation with Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald.  Dixon, a distinguished research professor of biological sciences at the University of North Texas in Denton, and his colleagues were curious how ginkgo trees can live for hundreds, even thousands of years.”  More details
Study reveals fire suppression could increase fire risk to Boreal Forest communities

Brent Sleightholm, Elliott Lake Today… “A study by Natural Resources Canada shows fire suppression techniques used commonly for decades increase the chances of fire damage in Canada's Boreal Forest communities.  “In the last half century, Canadian forests have experienced changes in fire activity due to several natural and human factors: changing climate, human land use, fire management practices, etc," NRC says.  In a recent study published in Nature Communications, Natural Resources Canada Fire Researchers, including Sandy Erni, who is based in Sault Ste. Marie,  investigated whether decades of aggressive fire suppression has actually reduced fire risk.”  More details

Reversing Deforestation: Costa Rica Is Showing the Way
Dennis Allen,… “In the 1960s, Costa Rica had one of the highest population growth rates in the world at almost 4 percent. This caused major concern among demographers. Through changes in policy and education, the rate has steadily dropped until today it is slightly below 1 percent, less than replacement level.  On another front, Costa Rica has similarly achieved a remarkable turnaround. In the 1940s, 75 percent of the country was covered in rainforest, cloud forest, and mangrove. Over the next 40 years, more than half of all trees were logged; the country had the highest deforestation rate in the American hemisphere in the ’70s and ‘’80s. Starting in the 1990s, a forest conservation and restoration program was initiated based on the strategy of valuing forests by paying for their services, known as Payment for Environmental Services (PES). By harnessing the forces of economics, PES establishes the forest essentially as a utility company with parties who use the resources and services of the forest, mostly companies, paying for what and how they use it.”  More details
Ontario Launches First-Ever Climate Change Impact Assessment
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks… “The Ontario government has selected a consulting team led by the Climate Risk Institute to conduct the province's first-ever multi-sector climate change impact assessment. The study will use the best science and information to better understand where and how climate change is likely to affect communities, critical infrastructure, economies and the natural environment, while helping to strengthen the province's resilience to the impacts of climate change.”  More details
WTO decision on softwood lumber cheered by Canadian producers, denounced in U.S.
The Canadian Press… “Canadian lumber producers cheered the latest decision Monday from the World Trade Organization on Canada's long-standing dispute with its largest trading partner over exports of softwood lumber — a finding the United States quickly denounced as unfair, biased and flawed.  The WTO dispute-resolution panel declared that the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission were wrong in 2017 when they imposed countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber exports, having concluded that Canada's regulated forestry industry amounts to an unfair subsidy for Canadian producers.”  More details
SNC sets ambitious 200,000 tree-planting goal for spring 2021
The Review… “South Nation Conservation (SNC) is reminding property owners from across its 4,441 square-kilometer watershed jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario that now is the time to plan for spring 2021 tree planting projects!  SNC is currently booking site visits and accepting orders for locally sourced native trees and shrubs offered at reduced rates through a variety of planting programs administered by the Conservation Authority.”  More details
Fifty years of forest products research available online
From FPInnovations… “From A streamlined and easy-to-use Research Library search feature is now integrated into FPInnovations’ website making its vast industry expertise widely accessible with a click of the mouse.  Do you want to know more about forest-fuel removal treatments for forest operations?  Or, improving OSB fire performance in new constructions?  The Research Library is a unique digital collection of over 10,000 documents that span the gamut of forest-industry research from fundamental to pioneering.  The new search engine has been redesigned to include searches of the full text of reports instead of relying only on keywords or abstracts to find documents.”  More details
Canada’s changing certification landscape
Tony Rotherham, Canadian Forest Industries… “When it comes to forest certification, Canada is a global leader, with approximately 168 million hectares (ha) certified. There are three certification programs for sustainable forest management (SFM) used in Canada: the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), along with several standards endorsed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  A look at the changing forest management paradigms and certification numbers.”   More details
OP-ED – Protecting Good Jobs in Rural and Northern Ontario
Op-ed from Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry, John Yakabusk, Net News Ledger… “Earlier in my career, I ran a hardware store in Barry’s Bay in the Ottawa Valley — a community of 1,200 people founded as a lumber town more than a century ago. My family has lived there for more than 150 years.  Good jobs in forestry have kept the lights on in communities in the Ottawa Valley for generations. Those jobs mean families can afford to put food on their table. This income in turn helped to keep Yakabuski’s Home Hardware in the black.  It enabled me to employ dozens of hard-working Barry’s Bay area residents.  That’s the thing: when people have good jobs, their earnings go right back into the community — to retailers, restaurants, professional services, dance lessons, and minor hockey. And as we continue to reopen and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak, this kind of economic activity is needed now more than ever.”  More details
Hydro Poles: Where do they come from?
Jaclyn.O, Ottawa Hydro… “The use of wooden utility poles dates back to the mid-19th century, when they were first erected by inventor Samuel Morse to hold up telegraph systems wiring, after burying the lines proved unsuccessful. Morse was successfully able to transmit a message across 40 miles, from the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C to Baltimore, and within a few years, utility poles began popping up all over the continental United States and around the world.”  More details
The Catchacoma forest and climate change
Tricia Clarkson, Peterborough This Week… “The Catchacoma forest is a unique, unprotected area of Crown land buttressed against Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, located at the north end of Catchacoma Lake.  Ancient Forest Exploration and Research (AFER) concluded that this area may be the largest old-growth eastern hemlock stand remaining in Canada. One of the oldest hemlocks is over 375 years old, and is slated to be cut down.  This stand is slated for logging by the Bancroft Minden Forest Company (BMFC) this fall and winter, so AFER is currently developing an Ancient Forest Conservation Strategy to protect this endangered ecosystem.”  More details
From The Nature of Things… “Birdsong that has graced the Earth for millions of years - and for all of human history - could soon be stilled in a human-made perfect-storm of negligence and unintended consequences.  SongbirdSOS is the artfully-shot story of the mass depletion of songbirds in the Americas, an alarming thinning of populations that has seen declines of many species since the 1960s.  According to international birding expert Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, who is featured in the documentary, we may have lost almost half the songbirds that filled the skies fifty years ago.”  More details
Gypsy moth caterpillar still eating forests after all these years
From The Review… “While the Emerald Ash Borer has been devouring ash trees across Ontario and Québec, another invasive pest from the past is still around in local forests: the leaf-eating gypsy moth caterpillar.  According to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the insects are native to Europe and were first detected in Ontario in 1969 but widespread defoliation did not occur until 1981.  Jean-Claude Havard owns 80 acres of mixed forest near Plantagenet.  He is also a member of the administrative council of Boisés Est, an organization of francophone landowners who focus on forest management on their properties.  Havard says that compared to this year, last year’s gypsy moth activity was worse on his property, but the situation was also bad in June of this year.  Other landowners have noticed heightened gypsy moth caterpillar activity on their properties.”  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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