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Welcome to the November 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.

Help Stop European Gypsy Moth in Ontario and You Could Win a Prize!
From the Invasive Species Center… “This is the time of year to monitor and manage you trees for EGM to help limit further infestation next year. The Invasive Species Centre’s Early Detection and Rapid Response Network (EDRR) is hosting a contest to encourage residents of Ontario to get out and scrape off EGM egg masses from their trees!   The EDRR Network is coordinated in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Model Forest and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council, and aims to train and equip communities with the tools and training needed to monitor, report and manage invasive species in Ontario. The EDRR Network is expanding into Eastern Ontario thanks to support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This year, Eastern Ontario is among the hardest hit areas for EGM infestations and defoliation. This poses a risk to biodiversity and the economy.“  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: Forest monitoring in urban and peri-urban landscapes: can we afford not to do it?”  More details
21 Reasons Why Forests Are Important
By Russell McLendon,… “Forests cover nearly a third of all land on Earth, providing vital organic infrastructure for some of the planet's densest, most diverse collections of life. They support countless species, including our own, yet we often seem oblivious of that. Humans now clear millions of acres from natural forests every year, especially in the tropics, letting deforestation threaten some of Earth's most valuable ecosystems.  We tend to take forests for granted, underestimating how indispensable they still are for everyone on the planet. That would quickly change if they all disappeared, but since humanity might not survive that scenario, the lesson wouldn't be very useful by then.”  More details
Using tree bark, U of T researcher develops new generation of sustainable products
From U of T News… “Canada’s forests are a key source of renewable materials, from paper to lumber. Yet many of the industry’s most common products, such as cardboard and newsprint, are on the low end of the value chain.  It’s a shortcoming the University of Toronto’s Ning Yan aims to rectify.  “The analogy we use is to a petroleum refinery, where the crude oil feedstock is made into thousands of different products, from lower-value fuels to higher-value commodity chemicals,” says Yan, a professor in the department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “We can do the same with our renewable resources, such as forest biomass.”  More details
Smokey Bear leaves U.S. for Canada – a fictional account
Judy Blais, International Falls Journal… “International Falls awoke to a shocking sight this summer… an empty pedestal in Smokey Bear Park. After 66 years on the job, Smokey and his cubs had disappeared overnight, leaving nothing behind but a large shovel and a few scattered garments. Reportedly, a big bear and two cubs were seen swimming across Rainy River to Canada.  This bizarre story awakened my dormant reporter’s instincts, so I snuck across the Minnesota/Ontario border to track it down.  I found the bear and his cubs in a wooded area several miles north of Fort Frances. He seemed to be in good spirits so I jumped right in with a question. “Why did you leave the U.S. after so many years?”  More details
PEFC launches new Fashions Change Forests Stay campaign
From Innovation In Textiles… “The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), has announced the launch of a new campaign to raise industry awareness of the importance of sourcing materials from sustainably managed forests.  PEFC, the world’s largest forest certification organisation, is launching the campaign to draw attention to the value of sourcing natural forest fibres, such as viscose, acetate and lyocell, from sustainably managed forests to transform the environmental impact of the fashion industry and support the vitality of the world’s forests.”  More details

Charlottetown Testing New Tree Planting Technology
From The Working Forest… “The City of Charlottetown is testing out a new tree planting product designed to improve the chances of survival for trees planted in the downtown area. The product, called Permavoid, is made up of blocks, water cones, and soil. It is installed underground, helps capture water for tree roots, and then protect those roots from compaction.”  More details
Huntsville Forest Products Acquires Hardwood Sawmill
From The Working Forest… “Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve (“Haliburton Forest”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Huntsville Forest Products (“HFP”), has announced the acquisition of a hardwood sawmill in Huntsville, Ontario, from Rayonier Advanced Materials (“RYAM”).  HFP has a production capacity of 30 million fbm of hardwood lumber annually. In addition to the sawmill, HFP has acquired the RYAM Huntsville Forestry Division, which supplies the sawmill with sawlogs from the French Severn Forest (managed by Westwind Forest Stewardship Inc.), Algonquin Forestry Authority, as well as other Crown forest entities in the region.”  More details
Suzuki Wrong on Paper’s Circular Economy
John Mulinder, The Paper & Paperbopard Packaging Environmental Council… “As a long-time admirer of Canadian broadcaster and author David Suzuki’s pungent style, it’s tough to have to point out three major errors in his latest opinion piece.  I do so because his claim that paper does not represent a circular let alone a sustainable economy is dead wrong and based on patently false information.”  More details
3,000+ Canadians urge American tissue giant, Procter & Gamble, to be more responsible with their use of Ontario’s forests
Media Release, Ontario Nature… “A letter signed by more than 3,000 Canadians was submitted to Procter & Gamble in advance of its annual shareholder meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sent by Ontario Nature and the David Suzuki Foundation, the letter calls on the company to start acting in alignment with its stated commitments to sustainable operations and forest conservation, by only sourcing pulp from forests where at-risk species are protected and Indigenous rights are respected.”  More details
The tree that changed the world
Vittoria Traverso, BBC Travel… “Unfurling in a carpet of green where the Andes and Amazon basin meet in south-western Peru, Manú National Park is one of the most biodiverse corners of the planet: a lush, 1.5-million hectare Unesco-inscribed nature reserve wrapped in mist, covered in a chaos of vines and largely untouched by humans.   But if you hack your way through the rainforest’s dense jungle, cross its rushing rivers and avoid the jaguars and pumas, you may see one of the few remaining specimens of the endangered cinchona officinalis tree.  “This may not be a well-known tree,” said Nataly Canales, who grew up in the Peruvian Amazonian region of Madre de Dios. “Yet, a compound extracted from this plant has saved millions of lives in human history.”  More details
‘Highly invasive’ tree putting our iconic sugar maple at risk
Marta Czurylowicz, The Weather Network… “There are many invasive species of plants disrupting our ecosystems but one of them is putting our iconic sugar maple at risk - yes, the beautiful maple leaf that adorns our country's flag.  The European Norway maple has a similar leaf shape and often gets mistaken for the sugar maple. The difference is its leaves contain a toxic latex that harms insects and pollinators.  “The sugar maple is regarded, actually by many people around the world, to be the most beautiful tree in the world for its colours,” said Eric Davies, with the faculty of forestry at the University of Toronto.  Davies says the sugar maple is ecologically dominant in eastern North America and plays a huge role in providing a habitat for biodiversity of all types.”  More details
The Forest will burn regardless. So, what can we do?
From FPInnovations… “Let’s be clear: forests burn regardless of human presence. Ecological research has revealed there is a natural rhythm to the cycle of forest fires.  We have built our towns, cities, industries, roads, and critical infrastructure in the middle of the ever-present forest. We got ourselves in the path of a regularly occurring natural destructive cycle.  When a forest burns, an immense amount of energy is released. Uncontrolled, this energy has enormous destructive potential. To give you an idea, the 2018 fires in British Columbia released enough energy to power all of Canada for an entire year.  In the face of climate changing, natural cycles of forest wildfires are being affected in ways we don’t yet understand. We must therefore prepare our communities in Canada as best we can through improved forest management techniques.”  More details
RVCA supports Lanark County Climate Action Plan through landowner tree planting program
From RVCA… “The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) supports Lanark County’s commitment to plant one million trees through its landowner tree planting program. The RVCA’s program has helped landowners in watershed municipalities plant trees for over 27 years with technical advice, site preparation and planting of native seedlings.  The program also offers substantial subsidized costs.  Climate and the environment are highlighted as Lanark County’s top five priorities this term and are an important part of its Climate Action Plan, which launched this past January. As part of the plan, the County launched its One Million Tree program which aims to plant one million trees over the next ten years.”  More details
New England’s Forests Are Sick. They Need More Tree Doctors
By Marguerite Holloway, New York Times… “Bear and Melissa LeVangie spent much of their childhood aloft, in a then-forested area of Massachusetts.  The twins still spend much of their time in and around trees: Both are arborists, which is akin to being tree doctors. Both are seeing a surge in demand for arborists because the region’s trees are faring so poorly.  “I would never have anticipated how fast things are declining,” said Melissa LeVangie, who works for Shelter Tree, a tree care supply company, and is tree warden, or caretaker, for the town of Petersham in central Massachusetts.  As climate change accelerates, the trees in the Eastern forests of the United States are increasingly vulnerable.”  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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