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Welcome to the March 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.

If We Plant Billions of Trees to Save Us, They Must Be Native Trees
By Andrew Nikiforuk,… “Morning light glows through the windows and breakfast is on the table as Diana Beresford-Kroeger reflects on the recent excitement about an idea she proposed over two decades ago.  She’s eager to start sharing important stories about the state of well-being in BC. Get to know her.  She has listened to a growing scientific debate about the merits of mass tree plantings to fight climate change with both an air of detachment and resignation.”   More details
E-LECTURE SERIES: Science for Emerging Issues in Forestry - Winter 2020
In partnership with Natural Resources Canada the Canadian Institute of Forestry is hosting a series of e-lectures during the month of March.  The lectures are on Wednesdays from: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.   All electronic lectures are free.  Lecture series details & registration.  More details 
Landowners Lining up to Plant Trees in Rideau Valley This Spring
From Forests Ontario… “Local landowners are planting plenty of young trees in the Rideau Valley region this spring, thanks to Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program (50 MTP), says the local conservation authority.  "Landowners are already planning for the 2021 planting season," said Scott Danford, Forestry Program Manager at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA). "If you are thinking about planting trees, now is the time to contact us."  More details
Keep the love of trees growing: some final words from Mike Rosen, Tree Canada President
By Michael Rosen, Trees Canada… “Trees – they have grown to be a significant part of my life, both personally and professionally.  As my last day at Tree Canada nears (February 28, 2020), I reflect on how much the organization has changed, grown and been a big part of my life for almost 18 years.  When I first arrived at Tree Canada back in 2002, it was still a federal government entity, with some ties to the private sector and a few individual donors. Today, most of our revenue comes from caring individual donors, the private sector and from companies, who, through corporate social responsibility, support Tree Canada to do something positive for the environment, like planting trees.”  More details
Ontario aims to tackle spread of invasive species
By Jennifer Westendorp, mykemptvillenow… “The Ontario government is taking steps to curb invasive species in Ontario. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has asked for feedback on the impact of 13 different species they say is causing harm to biodiversity and recreational activity.  Targeted species include crayfish like Red Swamp or Marbled Crayfish, plants like the European Frog-bit, the Yellow Floating Heart, the Fanwort and the Bohemian, Giant and Himalayan Knotweed. They also include Prussian Carp, Mountain Pine Beetle and the New Zealand Mud Snail as well as wild pigs.  The government is seeking input on the impact of these invasive species from the general public.”  More details
Lawsuit, petitions mount against Ontario’s forestry plan under Yakabuski
By Derek Dunn, Arnprior Chronicle-Guide… “John Yakabuski is under increasing fire by opposition leaders and environmental groups for his handling of the Ontario forestry file.  The Doug Ford government plans sweeping changes to the $16-billion forestry industry, including a 100 per cent increase to logging volumes on Crown land over the next decade. But those plans now face petitions and a lawsuit claiming climate change is being ignored.”  More details
New forestry plan pits environmental concerns against Ontario's 'open for business model'
From CBC News… “Environmentalists say a proposed forestry strategy for Ontario is stirring up a lot of public interest and opposition.  Public consultation closed this week on the Ford government's proposed forestry strategy.  The province says the forestry industry is harvesting less than half the amount of wood that is sustainable, and is now proposing a plan to log much more, stirring an outpouring of feedback across the board.  But Jamie Lim, the CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association, said as a northerner, she is encouraged by the draft strategy, and that any criticism of the proposal is fear mongering.”  More details
Rooting out how the government will plant two billion trees in 10 years
By Ken Bubin, Ottawa Citizen… “How will the federal Liberal government meet its 2019 election pledge to plant two billion new trees by 2030? It’s not going to be easy, and it’s far from clear what the program entails.  To begin with, the government hasn’t explained what will be counted in the two-billion-tree promise. Natural Resources Canada says, for instance, that current reforestation and regeneration efforts aren’t part of the tally.  Further, as NRCan spokesperson Emily Norton acknowledged, it can take 40 to 60 years for trees to reach maturity and their full carbon sequestration potential.  For trees planted today, that means they haven’t reached full potential until between 2060 and 2080.  So planting trees now isn’t likely to help the government meet its 2030 targets for greenhouse emissions reductions.  Another question about the two-billion-tree pledge: Are any public monies for these trees going to be used to plant for commercial industrial-logging exploitation?” More details
Looking Back: Ten Years of Environmental Destruction in Ontario
By Theresa Peluso,… “For several years now, as their detailed studies pile up, thousands of expert environmental scientists are imploring governments everywhere to stop their destructive policies and actions and halt our planet’s freefall into environmental collapse.  For the most part, instead of acknowledging their contribution to the problem, these governments – and their citizens – persist in denying, deflecting, and discrediting any blame directed at them.  The media are also complicit in understating this crisis, except when some especially shocking natural disaster warrants headlines.”  More details
Forest sector embraces nature-based solutions to fight climate change: FPAC, Forests Ontario
By Forest Products Association of Canada… “As delegates gather in Ottawa to attend Nature Canada’s climate solutions summit, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and Forests Ontario issued a joint statement signalling the support of Canada’s renewable forest sector to advance nature-based solutions to help fight climate change.  “Sustainable forest management and Canadian-made forest products help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are important tools to mitigate and adapt to our changing climate,” said FPAC’s president and CEO, Derek Nighbor.”  More details
Is wood the new steel and concrete?
David Israelson, Special to The Globe and Mail… “The University of Toronto’s motto “velut arbor aevo,” meaning “may it grow as a tree through the ages,” is coming to life with the construction of a tower made primarily of mass timber.  Construction is planned to begin this spring on a 14-storey, 80-metre-tall academic building that will be built on a frame made of wood instead of steel. To date, it’s the largest tall mass timber structure of its kind to go up in North America.  The Academic Wood Tower will be built with columns, decks, bracing and a core that are made of glue-laminated timber. Typically, Canadian spruce, pine and fir are used.” 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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