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Welcome to the August 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.
Forests Under Attack: The history, dispersal and management of gypsy moth
Webinar – Tuesday 18 August 2020… “Presented by David Dutkiewicz from the Invasive Species Centre, this webinar will focus on the history of European gypsy moth and its subsequent arrival into Ontario in the 1980s. It will also discuss the current affected areas throughout Canada and the areas where gypsy moth has the potential to spread. Lastly, this webinar will examine best management options for gypsy moth and the measures landowners can take to help slow the spread and protect our forests.”  Register Now
On the Eve of His 100th Birthday, Barrie Man Walks to Raise Funds for a Green Future
Noah Page, Forests Ontario… “In June, Fred Mogelin began walking 800 meters-a-day, seven days a week, to raise money for Forests Ontario. Mogelin, a resident of the Simcoe Terrace Retirement Home in Barrie, will celebrate his 100th birthday on August 10th. To commemorate the occasion, he’s determined to help improve forest health and support Forests Ontario’s tree planting programs.  “Nothing bad will happen to this Earth as long as I’m living,” Mogelin said, as he sat in the shade of a maple tree on the retirement home grounds. Mogelin credits a story he saw on TV about Tom Moore, a British veteran supporting health workers by walking in his garden, with inspiring him to start walking for charity as well.”  More details

Canada encourages everyone to get involved in Tree Check Month
From Canadian Food Inspection Agency… “This August, during Tree Check Month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and its partners in plant health protection are encouraging Canadians to check their trees and gardens for signs of insects, disease and other organisms that harm plants. The CFIA's invasive pest cards and pest facts sheets provide more information on what to look for and what to report.  In light of the importance of the health of our precious plant resources, Canada is celebrating 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health and has outlined a number of ways that people can get involved, such as looking for and reporting invasive pests, planting native species in their gardens and buying and burning local or heat-treated firewood. People can also help protect Canada's plants by participating in the Plant Health Hero Challenge.”  More details
Science of summer: Monarchs come roaring back — for now
Tom Spears,… “Monarch butterfly numbers are looking strong for the second year in a row after many years of overall decline.  But these are complicated little animals, and it is too early to break out the champagne.  First, the good news. There’s an organization called Monarch Watch that keeps track of the numbers of this marvellous butterfly, from its wintering grounds in a high-altitude forest in Mexico to its summer habitat in the United States and Canada.  A broad network of volunteers notifies Monarch Watch when they see their first monarch of the season. Last year, the number of reports was very good, and this year it appears to be up more — though there could just be more volunteers reporting in.”  More details
Ontario must act to prevent hidden deforestation, environmental group says
Jody Porter, CBC News… “Thousands of hectares of boreal forest in northwestern Ontario have been laid to waste by the forest industry but remains unaccounted for under Ontario's forest management and climate change plans, according to a new report from the Wildlands League.  The environmental group released an online catalogue on Thursday of nearly 300 sites that have remained barren for up to 30 years. The total deforested area amounts to about 650,000 hectares or roughly 1.5 times the size of Lake Nipigon, according to Trevor Hesselink, director of policy and research for the Wildlands League.”  More details
Can Trees Live Forever? New Kindling for an Immortal Debate
Cara Giaimo, The New York Times… “Trees do not pay taxes. Some seem to avoid death as well. Many of the world’s most ancient organisms are trees, including a 3,600-year-old cypress in Chile and a sacred fig in Sri Lanka that was planted in the third century B.C. One bristlecone pine known as Methuselah has been alive for nearly five millenniums, standing in a forest in what is now called California.  But according to a paper published Monday in the journal Trends in Plant Science, time ravages us all in the end. The paper, “Long-Lived Trees Are Not Immortal,” argues that even the most venerable trees have physiological limits — though we, with our puny life spans, may never be able to tell.”  More details
Canada’s Borer War: Ottawa on front line in fight against ash-killing beetle that has wiped out 50,000 trees
Bailey Moreton,… “Dan Cooper was working in forestry when the emerald ash borer arrived in Ottawa in 2008.  Even with a decent plan in place to stop the spread of the infestation, the invasive beetle — native to northeast Asia — caused extensive damage to forests throughout Southern Ontario.  “You didn’t know where the trees were. But you also didn’t know where the bug was,” said Cooper, who is now the director of conservation lands and stewardship at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. “You thought trees were looking OK. And then all of a sudden the trees would start dying in an area and it was too late.”  More details
SCRCA helping to monitor beetles that can spread killing fungus
Jake Romphf, The Courier Press… “The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority is again working with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to monitor and catch nitidulid beetles.  The beetles can transmit the pathogenic fungus that causes oak wilt, which has become a worry in recent years for foresters and park managers in Southwestern Ontario.”  More details
Ethical labels not fit for purpose, report warns consumers
Oliver Balch,… “Many of the world’s leading certification standards are not only failing to improve the ethical conduct of large corporations but are serving to entrench abusive business practices, a damning new report argues.  The study of 40 global voluntary initiatives, including emblematic on-pack labelling schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Fairtrade International, identifies multiple failures in what it refers to as a “grand experiment” in corporate accountability.”  More details
Natural Resources staff to survey Gypsy moth invasion from air
Derek Baldwin,… “Field staff with the Ontario government are weighing the damage being done in Eastern Ontario by what experts have dubbed the worst Gypsy moth invasion in this corner of the province in 30 years.   To gauge the extent of the outbreak, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is taking to the air to get a bird’s eye view of the damaged forest canopy from the Gypsy moth caterpillar which is munching its way through the province this summer.  Gypsy moth caterpillars are voracious eaters and are stripping local foliage of oak, maple and basswood trees as well as white pines in pockets from Belleville to Bancroft and eastward.”  More details
Landowners plead for help halting caterpillar invasion
Stu Mills, CBC News… “Property owners in eastern Ontario are calling on their local and provincial governments for help handling an invasion of gypsy moth caterpillars.  The red-and-blue-speckled caterpillars are an invasive species that can completely defoliate a tree, causing long-term damage.  
In the Otty Lake area of Tay Valley Township, about 90 kilometres southwest of Ottawa, the fuzzy caterpillars arrived in June and began munching the oaks and basswoods on Dan Woods's two-hectare property.”  More details
Why cities are planting more 'food forests'
From CBC News… “Many of us see forests as places to walk, hike and enjoy nature. But more and more cities are planting "food forests" — not just for strolling through, but for growing fruits and veggies.  At the Cowichan Green Community Food Forest in Duncan, B.C., visitors can amble along green microclover pathways in the shade of big-leaf maple trees to pick herbs such as rosemary and savory, vegetables like asparagus, as well as fruits, including salmonberries, grapes, plums, kiwis and figs — for free.” More details
Researchers listen to birds for answers why their numbers are so low
David Bell, CBC News… “Alberta researchers are using hundreds of audio recording devices as they seek to understand why bird populations are declining.  A University of Alberta professor says a study published last year that suggested North America had lost billions of birds ruffled a lot of feathers in the scientific community.  "The basic premise that we have lost three billion birds, it is probably conservative, is my guess," Erin Bayne told Radio-Canada.”  More details
15 Astounding Facts About Trees
Russell McLendon,… “It's hard to overstate the importance of trees. Their debut more than 300 million years ago was a turning point for Earth, helping transform its surface into a bustling utopia for land animals.  Trees have fed, housed and otherwise nurtured countless creatures over time — including our own arboreal ancestors.  Modern humans rarely live in trees, but that doesn't mean we can live without them.  About 3 trillion trees currently exist, enriching habitats from old-growth forests to city streets. Yet despite our deep-rooted reliance on trees, we tend to take them for granted.  Earth now has 46 percent fewer trees than it did 12,000 years ago, when agriculture was in its infancy. Yet despite all the deforestation since then, humans still can't shake an instinctive fondness for trees.”  More details
Listen to Woodlands Around the World With This Forest Soundmap
Melissa Breyer,… “In a stretch of forest in Papua New Guinea, the trees ring with a hauntingly beautiful opera sung by birds; a superb fruit dove, a cinnamon-browed honeyeater, a bird of paradise, and a Huon bowerbird among the avian chanteuses.  In a paper birch forest along the Muddy River in Alaska's Denali National Park, the sounds of the dawn chorus mingle with that of a babbling current, punctuated with the distinctive splash of a beaver tail hitting the water.  These are just a few of the many soundscapes – like short audio postcards – which can be found at Sounds of the Forest, the world's first-ever forest soundmap.”  More details
Green Rush: Will pines really save the planet?
Kate Newton, In Depth… Vast new pine forests are being hailed as a solution to New Zealand's carbon emissions deficit - and promise a lucrative pay-day for investors.  But farmers say they're gutting rural communities, not all environmentalists see them as a silver bullet, and the profits are largely being reaped by foreign owners.  But rural communities and some environmentalists are forging an unlikely alliance, pleading with the government to put the brakes on the green rush. The ecologists fear a monoculture that lacks the biodiversity of native forests and risks further environmental disasters - like the torrent of slash and sediment that barrelled into Tolaga Bay last year - without any meaningful carbon sequestration. Sheep and beef farmers, watching as their former neighbours' properties are planted, fear the hollowing out of their settlements after the initial flurry of activity.”  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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