Eastern Ontario Model Forest E-News

Eastern Ontario Model Forest E-News

Welcome to the October 2018 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.

Don’t Forget to Renew Your EOMF Membership!
Your valued contribution as a member will continue to allow the EOMF to champion sustainable forests and healthy, vibrant forest communities.   We can all make a difference and be assured that your contribution helps lead us all to a path of “Healthy Forests – Healthy Communities”!   The EOMF offers a number of easy options for giving:
Renew Your Membership or Become a Member – with several categories to choose from, everyone can make a difference.   Renew your membership onlineMake a Donation – choose a one-time donation or a monthly option.  Make a donation online.  Charitable receipts will be issued upon request for all donations over $25.   For more information call 613-258-6587.  Thank you for your support! 
EOMF/CIF Forestry Christmas Seminar – December 12, 2018
"Urban Forest: Nice to Have? No: Need to Have" 

Registration is now open!  Plan to attend this year's seminar with the theme "Urban Forest: Nice to Have? No: Need to Have".  Hosted in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Model Forest and the Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, this year’s annual seminar will focus on the urban and near-urban forest.  Discussions on this subject have traditionally been about around selling the concept that trees are important to have in and around urban centres.  However, with changes to our climate, and the increasing awareness about the direct health links between humans and nature, our "want" is transforming more into a "need".  We will be hosting a range of speakers from across Ontario who work within our urban and near-urban forests to share their perspectives how they manage this critical resource.   We will be sending out the agenda with the speaker line-up for this event shortly....stays tuned!
Registration in advance will be required by December 7, 2018. The registration fee is $40 and includes morning refreshments and lunch.  You can register and online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF "One Time Payment" window or by calling 613-713-1525.   Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  Location: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Rd. 44, Kemptville, ON.  Time: 08:30 am to 1:30 pm.   
Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference – Friday, February 22, 2019
Save the Date!  Be sure to join us for the 32nd edition of the conference!  The theme is Back to the Basics”, touching on topics including small-scale maple production, invasive species in your woodlot, wildlife dynamics, and wood burning, among others.  The conference will also feature forestry exhibits of all sorts, along with an ‘Ask an Expert’ booth, chainsaw raffle, and much more!  Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of our keynote speaker!
Ontario Invasive Plant Council Conference & AGM, Peterborough, ON
On October 15th and 16th, 2018 the OIPC will be hosting an Annual General Meeting and Invasive Plant Conference in Peterborough, Ontario.   More details

Moose Are One of the Last Species You’d Expect to Be Swimming for Their Supper
From CBC’s The Nature of Things… “Moose are the largest members of the deer family, with an appetite to match. Each animal needs to eat about 25 kilograms of plants a day, which can become challenging as Canada’s short summers come to an end.  Fortunately, moose are adept swimmers and can hold their breath underwater for a full minute. Their large nostrils act as valves to keep water out as they dive up to six metres.”  More details
Ontario Takes First Step Towards Provincial Forestry Strategy
From the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry… “Starting in November, Ontario's Government for the People will hold roundtables and gather online feedback to help the province lay out a strategy for promoting economic growth within the forestry sector.  "A provincial forestry strategy is an important first step in unleashing the potential of Ontario's forest industry," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.”  More details
Forest Tent Caterpillar
From Natural Resources Canada… “Was forest tent caterpillar a problem in your area?  Read the latest on coping with the current outbreak in this 2-page publication.  In the recently updated Frontline Express, you can find information on the forest tent caterpillar, a native defoliator that causes extensive damage to hardwoods throughout Canada. Outbreaks occur every 9-13 years and usually last 1-2 years. Tree mortality only occurs when outbreaks occasionally last for up to six years.”  More details
Strategic silence: Why are some companies not publicizing their environmental certifications?
From  “It's for fears of accusations of greenwashing, argue Chad Carlos and Ben Lewis.  IKEA uses a lot of lumber. You may have become acquainted with that lumber when you sweated over assembling a Billy bookcase correctly.  Is IKEA callously felling old-growth forests to prop up our old college textbooks?  No, for years it has sourced its lumber from forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.  But you won’t see that fact trumpeted on the box or in the catalogue. IKEA keeps that indicator of environmental uprightness to itself.”   More details
9 out of 10 Canadians Are Happier When They Spend Time in Nature
Provided by The Nature Conservancy of Canada… “The Nature and Me survey, released by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in partnership with Ipsos Public Affairs reveals a growing disconnect between Canadians and nature. Canadians feel happier, healthier and more productive when they are connected to nature and yet, 74 per cent say that it is simply easier to spend time indoors and 66 per cent say they spend less time in nature today than in their youth.”  More details
A Walk in the Woods: How Forests Grow Solid Returns
By Amy Bennett,… “In a twist on the old adage: “It’s seeing the forest for the trees,” Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM), a privately-held forestland investment and management company, is making a positive environmental, social and financial impact through its sustainable, climate-smart strategies.  The forests that it manages produce a full range of goods and services—logs for mills, clean water for communities, carbon sequestration and biodiversity—for the benefit of all stakeholders, through its brand of climate-smart forestry which forms the basis of its investment and stewardship philosophy.”  More details
A beetle that has wreaked havoc elsewhere spotted in Nova Scotia
From The Canadian Press,… “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has confirmed the presence of an invasive, tree-destroying beetle in Nova Scotia.  The CFIA says the finding of the emerald ash borer at a site in Bedford, N.S., is a first for the province, which is outside the areas currently regulated for the beetle in Canada.  The emerald ash borer was also detected in New Brunswick earlier this year after doing significant damage to ash trees in certain areas of Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.”  More details
Tariffs - a knotty problem for forest products industry
By George Lauriat.… “Given the scope of the forest product industry, it is no surprise Trump’s trade war with China, Canada and other trade partners has hit the sector like an axe slamming into a tree trunk with global reverberations.  In the case of forest products, it is really a trade war on two fronts with global ramifications: Canada and China.  Each dispute is quite different from the other, aside from the Trump Administration view that the United States has been treated unfairly by their trading partner.”  More details
FSC launches new digital campaign to promote certification in construction
By Forest Stewardship Council… “To better serve those interested in using responsibly-sourced wood products in construction, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has built a new FSC North American website and will soon deploy a paid media campaign to attract architects, property developers, contractors and interior designers to it.”  More details
Our forests are in good health: They are not overharvested  
From the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI)… “Contrary to a widespread myth, forest harvesting is not synonymous with deforestation and does not threaten the sustainability of our forests, which are actually under-harvested. Thanks to innovation, the forestry industry is more and more productive and our forests are doing better, shows a publication launched today by the MEI.”  More details
Fir real: how to eat your Christmas tree
By Felicity Cloake.… “You may be desperately clinging on to the last rays of summer but, with fewer than 100 days to go until Christmas, the food world is in full festive fig. Indeed, thoughts have already turned to the aftermath, with chef John Williams encouraging readers of the newly released Ritz London: The Cookbook to butcher the ceremonial tree for its “fragrant and spicy” needles. He says they lend a zesty kick to dishes such as his douglas fir and lemon verbena cream, and salt-baked celeriac with douglas fir sprigs.”  More details
50 Million Trees helps landowners
By Meghan Balogh, The Whig Standard… “Forests Ontario is encouraging landowners who want to plant trees on their properties to begin planning for spring by investigating the 50 Million Trees Program.  The 50 Million Trees Program is a provincial initiative administered by Forests Ontario that wants to see 50 million new trees planted in Ontario by the year 2025. The initiative is part of the United Nations’ goal to plant one billion trees worldwide every year.   “The 50 Million Tree Program is designed to significantly reduce the costs to landowners of large-scale tree planting and thereby increase the number of trees planted across the province,” a news release from Forests Ontario said.”  More details
After killing all the wolves in Yellowstone, they finally brought them back – here's what happened next
By Melissa Breyer,… “Wolves once roamed the continent freely ... but as more and more humans came along and gobbled up the land, as humans are wont to do, wolf populations began to dwindle. Wolves are not good for livestock – and hence, livestock owners have proven to be not good for wolves. Even in places like National Parks, their numbers suffered. In Yellowstone, because of federal and state efforts to reduce predators, the last of the park's gray wolves (Canis lupus) were killed in 1926. Decades later – once people woke up, hello – the species became one of the first to be listed as endangered.  At that point, Greater Yellowstone was named as one of three recovery areas and from 1995 to 1997, 41 wild wolves were released in the park. As of December 2016, there were at least 108 wolves in the park, according to the National Park Service.”  More details
Leeches: They Don’t All Suck Blood
By Meghan McCarthy, Northern Woodlands… “Most folks who’ve enjoyed a dip in the local swimming hole – whether at a pond, lake, or river – have probably found, on occasion, a leech or two stuck to their skin while toweling off afterwards.  Although some might think these slimy little suckers are gross, they mean – and do – no harm.  They’re just hungry.  “With some 600 species, there’s a surprising amount of diversity,” said Adam Weaver, a biology professor at Vermont’s Saint Michael’s College.  And the majority of leeches aren’t even bloodsuckers.”  More details
Think Like An Animal
From CBC, Docs to Watch Online this Week… “How smart are animals? Traditionally we've answered that question by comparing them to us. But recently scientists have begun to Think Like an Animal.  In this entertaining, thought-provoking documentary, we explore exciting new research and dispel old myths about how animals really think. From the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to a nature reserve in South Africa, Think Like an Animal features cutting edge researchers and the fascinating creatures they’re studying - animals that possess more complex cognitive skills and emotional depth than we humans once assumed.”  More details
The bat seekers of Nova Scotia
By Steve Berry, CBC News… “Deep inside one of the most remote parts of Nova Scotia, there's an abandoned building with broken windows and weathered paint. The grass that surrounds it is about a metre high.  Its location is a highly guarded secret among biologists in the province.  Outside, nighthawks swoop at dusk, and crickets create a wall of sound. A deer strolls by. It's so dark when night comes that those few humans who do venture here must wear headlamps.  Inside is one of the few surviving bat colonies in Nova Scotia.”  More details
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
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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