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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 Spring Gathering & AGN – June 19, 2019
Plan to attend the 27th edition of the EOMF Spring Gathering & AGM.  This year’s feature guest speaker is Paul Hetzler, Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator, from Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, New York State.  Paul will present "Different Perspectives: Managing Invasive Species in St. Lawrence County, NY".  Date and Time: June 19, 2019, from 9:00 - 03:00 pm.  Location: 1175 Limerick Road, Oxford Station Limerick Forest and Interpretative Centre.  Detailed agenda  The cost for the event is $40 and includes a warm lunch.  Payment can be made online or by calling 613-713-1525.
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 online.  Make 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!
Certified Forest owners creating and enhancing wildlife habitat across Ontario
From the EOMF… “Our core programs of Forest Certification, Forest Education and Outreach, Regional Forest Health Network and Community Forest Carbon Offsets are guided by a desire to balance the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainability.  The range of biodiversity and wildlife enhancement projects taking place on certified forests is both impressive in number and scope. Private forest owners, community forest managers, and loggers alike are leading and implementing these types of projects at both the stand and landscape levels.”  More details
Ontario cancels program that aimed to plant 50 million trees
By Allison Jones, The Canadian Press… “Ontario is cancelling a tree planting program, with those involved warning the move will lead to the loss of jobs and environmental benefits that forests provide.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry told Forests Ontario the day after the Progressive Conservative government delivered its budget this month that the 50 Million Tree Program was being eliminated.  Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario, said since 2008 more than 27 million trees have been planted across Ontario through the program, which saved landowners up to 90 per cent of the costs of large-scale tree planting.  The program's annual budget was about $4.7 million, Keen said, and Forests Ontario was told it was being cancelled as a way to cut provincial costs.  "Premier (Doug) Ford wants to reduce the deficit and this was...something they thought was expendable," Keen said.”  More details
A Tory MPP wanted to triple Ontario's 50 Million Tree Program in 2015. Doug Ford just cancelled it
By Fatima Syed,… “Not so long ago, a Progressive Conservative politician in Ontario was dreaming about trees.  "Imagine a province-wide effort to plant 150 million trees to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Ontario," said the Tory MPP, Ted Arnott, as he addressed the provincial legislature on Oct. 21, 2015.  "Could we do it, Mr. Speaker? Could we actually plant 150 million trees in one year?" Arnott proposed in a motion to the legislature on Oct. 21, 2015, seeking "a more ambitious tree planting target" than the one proposed by Kathleen Wynne's Liberals which aimed to plant 50 million trees.  The legislature unanimously endorsed the 2015 motion to triple the goal of the province-wide tree-planting program.  On Thursday, Premier Doug Ford's government axed the province's 50 Million Tree Program.”  More  details
Ontario Updating Environmental Assessment Process
From The Working Forest,… “Ontario’s government is modernizing its almost 50-year-old environmental assessment process by focusing on projects that pose actual, real risks to our environment and communities, streamlining approval timelines and eliminating duplication.  The government has released a discussion paper that outlines a more modern environmental assessment process, including immediate, short-term fixes to reduce the burden and serve the interest of Ontario families and communities. Our proposed modernized plan will ensure strong environmental protections, enable electronic submissions, help address duplication, streamline processes, improve service standards to reduce delays and better recognize other planning processes that have evolved over the past four decades.”  More details
Ontario Tree Marking Program – 2019 Training Schedule
From Forests Ontario…  “Level 1, Level 2 and Refresher tree marking courses are scheduled for 2019, and offered by the Forests Ontario / Canadian Institute of Forestry collaborative under agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.   A Level 1 Tree Marking Course is scheduled for September 9-13, 2019; a Level 2 Tree Marking Auditors Course is tentatively scheduled for September 24, 25 & 26, 2019 (will be confirmed when sufficient applicants have registered) and a 1.5 day Refresher Course will be offered on October 1 & 2, 2019.  More details & registration info
U.S. investigating whether N.B.'s cheap property taxes on forests break trade rules
By Robert Jones, CBC News… “New Brunswick has assessed and taxed private timberland to be worth $100 per hectare since 1994.  The U.S. Commerce Department in Washington is set to rule in June whether cheap property taxes charged by New Brunswick on privately owned forests in the province are a subsidy.  It's a decision that could mean trouble for more than 40,000 New Brunswick landowners and force a hard look by Fredericton lawmakers at the way the majority of private property in the province is assessed and taxed.”  More details
How much room does nature need?
By Ivan Semeniuk, The Globe & Mail… “Canada’s national conversation about the environment often revolves around questions of how much.  How much land should be set aside for iconic species such as the caribou or the grizzly bear?  How much is needed to maintain the character of an entire ecosystem? How much room does nature really need?  Such questions underpin a massive effort under way in Ottawa as the federal government races to fulfill Canada’s commitments under the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity.”  More details
Tick-borne Diseases on the Rise
By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul,… “Eighteen years ago, when I moved back to New Hampshire, I rarely came across ticks. The dog didn’t carry them unwittingly into the house, and I could spend the day in the garden or on wooded trails and not see a single, hard-shelled, eight-legged, blood-sucking creepy-crawly.  Not so anymore. Now, from the time of snowmelt in the spring to the first crisp snowfall of autumn – and often beyond – we find ticks everywhere: on the dog, crawling up the front door, along kids’ hairlines, on backs or arms or legs, and occasionally (and alarmingly) walking along a couch cushion or bed pillow.”  More details
Hand dryers v paper towels: the surprisingly dirty fight for the right to dry your hands
By Samanth Subramanian,… “For a century, the humble paper towel has dominated public toilets.  But a new generation of hand dryers has sparked a war for loo supremacy. Public bathrooms offer three primary options to dry a pair of wet hands. First, there is the venerable crisp-pleated paper towel. Second, the old-style warm-air dryer: those indestructible metal carapaces that, through their snouts, breathe down upon our hands. And finally, the jet dryer sub-species of the sort Dyson makes, whose gale-force winds promise to shear away every drop of moisture rather than slowly evaporating it. In the quest to dominate the world’s restrooms, Campbell discovered, Dryer v Towel is a pitched contest of business strategy and public relations. “Expect to be lied to a lot,” Campbell told me. “It’s almost like the cola wars. You have Pepsi v Coke, and you have hand dryers v paper towels.”  More details
700 ash trees will fall as jumping tree lice spread through Winnipeg
Lara Schroeder, CBC News… “Hundreds of ash trees are being removed from Winnipeg neighbourhoods as the city's forest canopy is hit by another invasive species.  The cottony ash psyllid — also known as jumping tree lice — has been added to a list of threats to Winnipeg trees, which also includes the emerald ash borer and Dutch elm disease.”  More details
Potential changes to Endangered Species Act about balance
From… “The Ford government's plan to overhaul the Endangered Species Act is welcome news for regional municipal leaders who have previously expressed concern about its potential impact on the forestry industry.  The Progressive Conservative provincial government last week announced that it would be proposing changes to the legislation following a review process conducted during the winter.  Rod Phillips, the minister of environment, conservation and parks, emphasized the importance of achieving a balance to create an efficient framework.”  More details
Norway Spruce Endorsed By CSA
By The Working Forest Staff… “In January 2019, the CSA 086 Technical Committee endorsed the inclusion of Canadian grown Norway Spruce as having met the structural design values for “North Species” (as published in the CSA 086 Engineering Design in Wood).  The inclusion of Canadian grown Norway Spruce as a structural species marks a historic moment for Canada.  It is the first “non-native” softwood species in the history of the country to have published design values for dimensional lumber and timbers.”  More details
Implementing Recommendations of Ontario's 10-year Review of the Endangered Species Act
News Release, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation & Parks… “Ontario's government is protecting what matters most by ensuring plants and animals at risk of disappearing from Ontario will endure through an improved provincial stewardship approach.  Following the government's 10-year review consultations this past winter of the province's Endangered Species Act, the province is improving outcomes for species at risk by implementing recommendations received to modernize and improve the effectiveness of the act and improve outcomes for species at risk.”  More details
Conservation authorities ponder how to prevent flooding with less funding
By Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen… “As Ottawa braces for a rainy weekend and possible flooding, watershed management agencies responsible for protecting people and property from floods are contemplating how to whittle down their budgets in the face of provincial cuts.  Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities monitor water levels and weather forecasts, operate dams and dikes, warn residents and municipalities of flooding risks and co-ordinate with emergency responders.  Their funding comes from a variety of sources, including provincial money, user fees and fundraising.  Earlier this month, the province told conservation authorities it was cutting its share of funding by half.”  More details
Former northern Ontario tree nursery now grows pot for the province
Erik White, CBC News… “There are a lot of doors at the 48 North cannabis plant.  Each one opens to a blinding light, a pungent smell and a room full of marijuana plants in various stages of the process.  "It's definitely agriculture, because we are growing plants, but you also look at it as 'Wow, I'm growing something that's worth a lot of money,'" says quality assurance manager Robert Williams.  About 35 people work at this plant run under the name Delshen Therapeutics, but owned by parent company 48 North Cannabis.  Over 100 people used to work here when it was a government tree nursery, growing saplings for Ontario's forest industry.” More details
County launches largest tree-planting program in decades
News Release, County Of Simcoe… “The County of Simcoe continues to invest in our forests through its largest tree planting effort in decades.  Starting on April 15, the county’s Forestry Department will contribute to Simcoe County’s forests through the planting of over 150,000 seedlings within the Museum Tract in Midhurst.  The replanting operation is the latest phase of the Museum Tract Forest and Habitat Restoration Project and will be conducted over a 10-day period, as conditions permit.”  More details
Harvesting for wood-based bioenergy
By Nicolas Mansuy,…  “With the most biomass per capita in the world, and 6.5 per cent of the world’s theoretical bioenergy potential, Canada is well positioned to play an increasing role in the future of global bioenergy and the emerging bioeconomy. However, the economic and environmental benefits of replacing fossil fuels with wood-based bioenergy are complex, and debates are ongoing on issues such as environmental sustainability of biomass procurement, profitability of supply chains and carbon neutrality.”  More details
Ottawa funds climate change forest adaptation project in Atlantic Canada
By Ellen Cools,…  “The federal government has announced a $300,000 investment in the University of New Brunswick (UNAB) for a climate change adaptation project. The project will study the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes (for example, drought and wind) in Atlantic Canada’s forests.”  More details
WTO Delivers Mixed Ruling in U.S.-Canada Lumber Dispute
By Bryce Baschuk,… “The World Trade Organization on Tuesday said the U.S. violated international trade rules in the way it calculated tariffs on Canadian imports of softwood lumber in a key dispute ruling published on the WTO website.  The decision also provided a boost to the U.S.’s use of a controversial methodology used when calculating anti-dumping duties on Canadian lumber. In the past, the WTO has struck down American use of the process, called zeroing, which typically results in higher duty margins. That part of the ruling is a victory for the U.S.”  More details
Environmentalists call for Carbon Capture and Storage – with forests
By Lloyd Alter,… “We go on about wood here on TreeHugger, but often fail to see the forest for the trees. In fact, those forests could save us, by sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere faster than we are making it. Instead, we are chopping them down and, in many parts of the world, failing to replant them.  Everything we say about the wonders of wood construction are meaningless if we don't replace every tree we turn into CLT and NLT and DLT and every other form of wood we invent.”  More details
Smokey Bear Celebrates 75th Birthday with Celebrity Friends in Innovative New Animated Emoji
From PRNewswire… “In honor of Smokey Bear's 75th birthday – August 9, 2019 – the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council have teamed up to celebrate the nation's favorite bear. To ensure that Smokey Bear's important message of wildfire prevention is heard throughout the nation, Stephen Colbert, Al Roker and Jeff Foxworthy have joined the historic campaign, lending their voices to help expand on Smokey's iconic "Only you can prevent wildfires" catchphrase through the use of facial recognition and voice technologies.”  More details
New report cements wood as the future of construction
From… “The construction industry is responsible for approximately a third of all carbon emissions globally and by 2030, total construction output is expected to grow by 85 per cent. As this is a sector that uses vast amounts of finite resources, a growth in output will result in putting even more resource strain on the environment while increasing emissions. By pairing the construction sector with sustainable forestry management, there is not only a great potential for wood to act as a carbon sink and offset carbon emissions, there is also a whole slew of additional economic, social, and environmental co-benefits.”  More details
Tough Times for the World’s Oldest Trees
By Luke Groskin & Daniel Peterschmidt,… “It’s been around for quite possibly longer than the entirety of Christianity, never mind Western civilization,” he says.  The tree is the bristlecone pine, known for thriving under harsh, dry conditions. The species is also known for its extreme longevity. “We’re talking upwards of 5,000 years,” says Smithers.  The key to the tree’s long-lived lives is its incredibly slow growth, which results in very dense wood. The dense wood is useful—the trees can withstand insects, rust, and winds up to one hundred miles per hour.”  More details
Canada's failure to fight climate change 'disturbing,' environment watchdog says
From The Canadian Press… “Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand says Canada is not doing enough to combat climate change.  Gelfand delivered her final audits Tuesday before her five-year term expires, looking at fossil-fuel subsidies, invasive aquatic species and mining pollution.  But her final conclusions as the country's environmental watchdog say it is Canada's slow action to deal with the warming planet that is most "disturbing" to her.  "For decades, successive federal governments have failed to reach their targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and the government is not ready to adapt to a changing climate," she said in a statement Tuesday morning. "This must change."  More details
Report on climate change shows Canada warming at twice the rate of rest of world
Jeff Lewis,… “Federal scientists and academics are warning that Canada’s climate is warming rapidly and faster than the global average, saying human behaviour must change to slow the shift.  Officials from Environment and Climate Change Canada presented the first study of its kind, titled Canada’s Changing Climate Report, on Monday.  It has been in the works for years and is the first of a series aimed at informing policy decisions and increasing public awareness and understanding of Canada’s changing climate.  The report says that Canada is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world and that Northern Canada is warming even more quickly, nearly three times the global rate. Three of the past five years have been the warmest on record, the authors said.”  More details
Let nature heal climate and biodiversity crises, say campaigners
From…  “The restoration of natural forests and coasts can simultaneously tackle climate change and the annihilation of wildlife but is being worryingly overlooked, an international group of campaigners have said.  Animal populations have fallen by 60% since 1970, suggesting a sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is under way, and it is very likely that carbon dioxide will have to be removed from the atmosphere to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. Trees and plants suck carbon dioxide from the air as they grow and also provide vital habitat for animals.”  More details
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