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Welcome to the May 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.

EOMF AGM & Spring Gathering (June 17, 2020) – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic, our AGM this year will not be held in person and will instead be held via conference call.  Please stay tuned for further information on this event as we adjust to the new format.  Thank you and stay healthy and safe!
Forest Service debuts state-by-state statistics on carbon
USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station News Release… “For the first time, a new publication by the USDA Forest Service delivers an overview of the status and trends of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from forest land, woodlands, hardwood products, and urban trees nationally for 49 U.S. states.  "This year, we are delivering a report that is 49 times more useful than it was a year ago," said Grant Domke, a research forester with Forest Inventory and Analysis in the Forest Service's Northern Research Station. "From forest managers to policy makers, data on the role of forests in the carbon cycle is critical to decisions that will shape the future of the Nation's forests."  More details
Judge Orders Resolute Forest Products to Pay Almost 1 Million Dollars to Greenpeace
By Valentina Stackl, Greeenpeace… “Logging Giant Resolute Forest Products, which has waged meritless lawsuits against multiple Greenpeace offices and individual staff members since 2013, was ordered yesterday to reimburse defendants a total of about  $816,000 USD to cover attorneys’ fees and costs [1] related to dismissed legal claims that were intended to silence critics of the company’s controversial environmental record.  This is the latest favorable decision for Greenpeace in the U.S. federal lawsuit that started over four years ago. Resolute’s lawsuits are clear examples of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs).”  More details
Science of spring: Reports of extinction were greatly exaggerated
By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen… While we are at home and worried, there is no better time to remind ourselves of the wonders of spring.  The change of season is all around us with many facets of backyard biology. In the latest part of our Science of Spring series, Tom Spears looks at the recovery of bird species that weren’t expected to survive.”  More details
Family Forests Are Key to Fighting Climate Change. But They Need Help.
By Austyn Gaffney, HuffPost US… “Family forests face numerous threats, amplified by climate change, including invasive pests, pathogens and a legacy of unsustainable forest management,” said Josh Parrish, director of working woodlands for the The Nature Conservancy, an environmental non-profit. Forest owners need support and resources to tackle these, he added, not just for their own benefit but because their trees represent a vital weapon in the fight against climate change.”  More details
New Michael Moore-Backed Documentary On YouTube Reveals Massive Ecological Impacts Of Renewables
By Michael Shellenberger, Forbes… “Over the last 10 years, everyone from celebrity influencers including Elon Musk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Al Gore, to major technology brands including Apple, have repeatedly claimed that renewables like solar panels and wind farms are less polluting than fossil fuels.  But a new documentary, “Planet of the Humans,” being released free to the public on YouTube today, the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, reveals that industrial wind farms, solar farms, biomass, and biofuels are wrecking natural environments.”  More details
Shopping Bags: Paper, Plastic, or Reusable Tote? An Environmental Assessment
From Dovetail Partners, Inc…. “Shoppers use billions of bags each year to carry purchases home, with a substantial portion distributed by supermarkets and neighborhood grocery stores. In the US, as well as in many other countries, grocery bags are dominantly lightweight thin plastic. But thin plastic bags have come under fire because of their contribution to litter, problems caused by deposition in aquatic environments, and the persistence of plastics and plastic residues in the environment for long periods of time. Opposition is increasingly resulting in plastic bag bans, fees, and other measures designed to reduce plastic bag use and/or use of bags in general.  Opposition to plastic bag use poses a dilemma for policymakers. This is because when various types of bags are analyzed with respect to a wide range of environmental impact measures, results consistently indicate the impacts of thin plastic bags to be much lower than those of available alternatives.”  More details
Wrapped in nature’s embrace
By Joyce Yip, China Daily… “When Shinrin Yoku Hong Kong founder Amanda Yik was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer more than 10 years ago, she had no choice but to bring her usual schedule of adrenaline-driven workouts — the sort needed to participate in marathons and outrigger canoe racing — to a complete halt.  The rigorous physical exercise regimen was replaced with daily, arduous strolls through the community park, which, during Yik’s two years of invasive treatment, were all her battered body would allow. The precious moments spent out of the confines of her home or away from the hum of hospital machinery helped reignite her love for nature. The greenery in the park soothed her jaded nerves. These treasured moments lingered post-recovery, leading her toward a new lifestyle option: forest bathing.”   More details
Wooly adelgid-resistant hemlock coming
By David Brooks,… “Here’s a bit of good news: The National Arboretum says (article here) it has developed a strain of hemlock tree that is resistant to the wooly adelgid, a sap-sucking pest that is decimating populations of the tree throughout the Eastern Seaboard. New Hampshire has the pest – I’ve seen it on trees around me – but we’re near the northern range and it’s not too bad yet.  One reason for the insect’s power to wipe out large stands of hemlocks is its ability to reproduce parthenogenetically, or without their eggs being fertilized. This means female hemlock woolly adelgids can reproduce without males, resulting in substantial annual population increases.”  More details
Partial cutting king: Quebec logger builds niche in commercial thinning
By Émélie Rivard-Boudreau,… “Foresterie Yeti owner Christian Roy offers a turnkey, all-inclusive partial cutting service in his region.  Yeti’s footprints can be increasingly seen in Quebec’s Abitibi region forests, but it’s not the white, abominable snowman you’re thinking of. The footprints are that of Christian Roy, owner of Foresterie Yeti, a logging company that has been promoting and fostering smart forest management techniques inspired by Scandinavian partial cutting practices.”  More details
78 Solutions for Better Backyard Birding
From Birds & Bloom… “We’ve got solutions for all your backyard birding problems, including feeder and bird bath maintenance, backyard pests, and helping sick birds.”  More details
Scientists say Joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species
By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times...  “Joshua trees face the risk of extinction after decades of development, drought and more frequent wildfires due to climate change in their Mojave Desert stronghold, according to state wildlife authorities who are recommending that the trees be considered for listing as an endangered species.”  More details
Australian forest study may challenge climate change optimism
By David Claughton,… “As Australia's forests burned earlier this year, people around the world worried about the impact of all that smoke on our climate.  At the same time, researchers in New South Wales were finalising a study looking at the capacity for forests to consume and store carbon from the atmosphere.  The results were not comforting.  In fact, they cast doubt over many of the climate models being used to predict carbon levels into the future.”  More details
Teach your kids about the forest sector with new Wood Facts book
By Sandy McKellar, Chair, Canadian Women in Timber… “The Canadian Women in Timber are excited to launch our newest educational book call Wood Facts. It joins Forestry Facts in a series of ‘test your IQ’ question and answer books. With this new book we introduce two new characters named Cookie and Spruce.”  More details
Wiped out of toilet paper? Here’s why
By Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press… “What does toilet paper have to do with the global coronavirus pandemic?  Nothing.  Yet millions of people have been panicking about their household supply. Store shelves have been emptied. Amazon is often out of stock. And social media is bursting with jokes and pleas for a roll or two.  The good news: Things are calming down, at least in the U.S., after a buying spree in mid-March. But it’s not yet clear when — if ever — buying habits will get back to normal.”  More details

Don't look to mature forests to soak up carbon dioxide emissions
From SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry… “Research published today in Nature suggests mature forests are limited in their ability to absorb "extra" carbon as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase. These findings may have implications for New York state's carbon neutrality goals.  Dr. John Drake, assistant professor in ESF's Department of Sustainable Resources Management, is a co-author of the paper in collaboration with researchers at Western Sydney University.  The experiment, conducted at Western Sydney University's EucFACE (Eucalyptus Free Air CO2 Enrichment) found new evidence of limitations in the capacity of mature forests to translate rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations into additional plant growth and carbon storage.”  More details
Tolkien was right: giant trees have towering role in protecting forests
Jonathan Watts, The Guardian… “Scientists have shown to be true what JRR Tolkien only imagined in the Lord of the Rings: giant, slow-reproducing trees play an outsized role in the growth and health of old forests.  In the 1930s, the writer gave his towering trees the name Ents. Today, a paper in the journal Science says these “long-lived pioneers” contribute more than previously believed to carbon sequestration and biomass increase. 
The authors said their study highlights the importance of forest protection and biodiversity as a strategy to ease global heating. They say it should also encourage global climate modellers to shift away from representing all the trees in a forest as essentially the same.”  More details
Warming Winters Benefit Hemlock Pests
By Olivia Box, Northern Woodlands… “These warm winter days are often a pleasure to experience, but they also contribute to the rise of the hemlock wooly adelgid, an invasive insect that has caused widespread decline of eastern hemlock stands throughout the Northeast in recent decades. Hemlock is a keystone species, integral to the design and function of the ecosystem.”  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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