E-lecture Series: The Canadian Forest Service Research to Support Climate Change - Winter 2021
From the Canadian Forest Service… The upcoming CFS-CIF E-Lectures starting January 27, through to March 3, 2020, is a collaboration with the Canadian Institute of Forestry, featuring researchers from the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, with a focus on Climate Change solutions. Stay up to date by regularly visiting here
and you can register online for E-Lectures here
. Note – the CFS e-lectures are accessible to the public and can access current and past CFS e-lectures on the CIF’s Open Access Site
Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds
Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press… “The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies.
The government commission for natural protected areas said the butterflies’ population covered only 2.1 hectares (5.2 acres) in 2020, compared to 2.8 hectares (6.9 acres) the previous year and about one-third of the 6.05 hectares (14.95 acres) detected in 2018.” More details
Protecting Canada’s forests from uninvited pests
From Natural Resources Canada… “Canada’s forests are under threat and some invaders have names that sound like they were ripped from the pages of a comic book: Anoplophora glabripennis, Agrilus planipennis, and Tetropium fuscum, also known as the Asian longhorned beetle, the emerald ash borer, and the brown spruce longhorn beetle. They’re masters of deception, known flight risks and some of the most destructive invasive species ever seen in Canada.” More details
Climate change threatens southern Ontario’s maple forests and our beloved maple syrup
GreenUP, Kawathanow.com … Unless appropriate action is taken to mitigate the impacts of climate change, sugar bushes may no longer be viable in southern Ontario due to drought. Trees and water provide an example of a truly reciprocal relationship where both give and receive. This relationship between trees and water also provides an example of our own human relationships and of relationships threatened by climate change. More details
New Program Launches to Plant Two Billion Trees
From Natural Resources Canada… “The government is launching two initiatives to seek information on organizations with immediate access to land or trees and those who are interested in collaborating on tree planting initiatives to help Canada realize its 10-year target.” More details
'Doc Hawk's' career outdoors a 'dream come true'
PJ Wilson, North Bay Nugget… “For Corbeil’s Brian Naylor, a career in the outdoors was a “dream come true.” For 30 years, it didn’t matter if it was blackfly season, raining or snowing, “I always loved wildlife and the outdoors.” Naylor, known to his compatriots as ‘Doc Hawk’ for his work identifying and helping preserve and protect the red-shouldered hawk, retired about a year ago. He was recently presented the Forests Ontario Award for the work he did protecting the forests and wildlife in northeastern Ontario and around the province. Much of Naylor’s work was in research and “small P” policy. “Not legislation,” he says. “The hands-on stuff. You take all the information you gathered from the research and boil it down to a set of rules forest companies have to follow.” More details
Tree-Free Toilet Paper "Bampoo" Takes a Step Toward Sustainability 'One Poop at a Time'
From Access Wire… “Far beyond the triumphs of technological and societal advancements, a pressing environmental problem grows by the second. As the fight against climate change and deforestation heighten, it is hard to believe that one of the issues threatening existence is toilet paper. Every day, around 27,000 trees are chopped down only for toilet paper production. This staggering number increases with each passing year, and determined to slow it down to a halt, Founder and CEO Brandon McAnally has launched a healthier and environmentally conscious option with Bampoo.” More details
Does Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) still pose a significant threat to Canadian hardwoods?
From Natural Resources Canada... “In a recently published journal article, GLFC’s John Pedlar and colleagues assessed current and future ALB risks for eastern Canada and evaluated potential economic impacts in both urban and natural settings.” More details
France searches for centuries-old oak trees to rebuild Notre Dame's spire
Jordan Fleguel, National Post… “France is on the hunt for 100-year-old oak trees to rebuild the famed wooden spire of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, which was destroyed by fire in 2019. Close to 1,000 oaks, each aged between 150 and 200 years, will be used to reconstruct the spire. The trees will need to be 50 to 90cm (20 to 36 inches) in diameter and between 8 and 14 metres (26 and 46 feet) tall.” More details
Emerald ash borer biocontrol program continues in the spring of 2021
From Great Lakes Forest Centre… “A parasitic wasp Tetrastichus planipennisi to control emerald ash borer (EAB) will be released at a site in the city of Pembroke, where EAB was recently detected by OMNRF field staff and verified by CFS.” More details
Province funds species-at-risk projects, but also erodes environment protection
Leah Gerber, Sootoday.com… “The provincial government is simultaneously cutting protections for endangered species and funding species-at-risk projects in Ontario. In January, the province announced continued funding for projects through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program, a $4.5-million fund open to non-profit organizations, Indigenous communities and other groups for projects that help protect endangered plants, animals, fish and insects and their habitats. The announcement comes after significant changes to protections for species at risk were included in the province’s 2020 omnibus COVID recovery bill, and the More Homes, More Choice Act in 2019 — changes that have been criticized by environmental groups and the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario.” More details
Canada jay numbers in southern Ontario decreasing because of climate change, study suggests
Stephanie Dubois, CBC News… “The number of Canada jays in southern Ontario is decreasing because of more frequent freeze-thaw days due to climate change, according to recently published research. The birds' winter food stock was compromised when fall temperatures fluctuated. The food would defrost, grow bacteria and in some cases become inedible. And that had an effect on the birds' reproduction and population numbers, University of Guelph researchers found in a study recently published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology. If the warming pattern in the fall continues to affect reproduction and food supply, the birds could become locally extinct from Algonquin Provincial Park and other southern Ontario ranges, said Sutton, who is based in Manhattan, Kansas, about 94 kilometres west of the capital Topeka.” More details
Scientists develop transparent wood that is stronger and lighter than glass
Bob McDonald, CBC Radio… “Researchers at the University of Maryland have turned ordinary sheets of wood into transparent material that is nearly as clear as glass, but stronger and with better insulating properties. It could become an energy efficient building material in the future.” More details
Forestry: Seeing the wood in the trees
Florence Chongjanuary, IPE Real Assets… “Beyond windmills, solar panels and a constant stream of innovation to mitigate carbon emissions in the built environment, many now believe timberland holds the key to a more sustainable world as it shifts towards a circular ‘bio’ economy. Using forests for carbon sequestration is a known path to reducing carbon dioxide, but the crucial role of timber products in helping limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2030 is only now becoming more evident. An increasing range of products manufactured from sustainably-cultivated forests is contributing to climate-change mitigation. They range from cross-laminated timber used in construction of high-rise structures as a replacement for concrete and steel, to the wood fibre and pulp used in production of fabrics and baby nappies, replacing synthetics.” More details
Opinion: Support loggers, don't vandalize them. They're environmental heroes harvesting a renewable resource
Peter Kuitenbrouwer, National Post… “During this pandemic, more people have self-isolated at their cottages. Parks, conservation areas and Crown forests received record visitors. These people sometimes stumble on loggers, and some don’t like what they see. Logging is ugly work. In short order, forest equipment can enter a woodland and make a mess. Still, we need loggers. The trees they cut become stuff we need: paper, tissue, plywood, two-by-fours and furniture. Plus, forests grow back.” More details
Deforestation concerns grow as private owners chop ‘significant” woodland
Jenna Cocullo, The Chatham Voice… “Chatham-Kent’s tree conservationists are sounding the alarms after private property owners in East Kent chose to cut down a woodlot, which may contain at-risk species. The issue with the conservationists is not so much what the property owners are doing but rather frustration with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for not doing more to protect significant woodland.” More details
Liberals' two-billion-trees promise to cost $2.78 billion more than planned, PBO says
Jordan Press, The Canadian Press… “The parliamentary budget office says a pledge by the Trudeau Liberals to plant two billion trees could cost almost double what the government says. The tree-planting spree, spread over a decade, is supposed to start in the spring and cost $3.16 billion over that time, based on federal estimates. Getting to the 2030 target means planting about 200 million trees a year more than the usual 600 million or so. The spending watchdog's analysis suggests getting there is also going to require more money, about $2.78 billion more, bringing the overall cost closer to $5.94 billion.
The budget officer's report is based on a similar program the Ontario government ran, using the average per-tree cost and adjusting for inflation over the 10-year planting period.” More details