Eastern Ontario Model Forest News Update
December Forest Seminar Reflections and Update
We are getting well into the new year and I have been reflecting on the December Forest Seminar that many of you attended. I have prepared a summary of they key points that I heard from the six excellent speakers we had in attendance. Please follow this link to access this summary "Strengthening Awareness and Benefits of Building with Wood" and this link to access the presentations.
My thinking of it is based on wanting to start initial planning for this current year’s December Seminar. Already? Yes. The more time we can devote to its development, the better is the result. And the comments that I heard from many after the seminar were largely positive.
The combination of highlighting the environmental benefit to us all of a sustainable approach to forest management, coupled with advances in building technology to provide beautiful buildings that take less energy in their construction is the kind of thing that we at EOMF bend our minds to all the time.
Apart from educational events such as you attended, we are a big player in the critically important issue of forest health. The sad truth is that our natural environment is under constant threat from introduced species attacking the quality of natural biodiversity so important to us all. We chair the forest health network, a network of communities, forest managers and specialists that stretch across southern eastern Ontario and into northern New York State. We focus on actions that need to be taken, individually and collectively, to keep invasive species at bay.
Our other focus is on the certification of sustainably managed forests. We are the certificate holder for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) under which umbrella there are now about 75 thousand ha. of FSC certified sustainably managed forests in southern Ontario.
We continue this work in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic which has upended the work of so many of us. As with so many we are getting used to working from home and avoiding close social contact. We want to be well positioned to once more work closely with colleagues and people like you when this pandemic passes. The environmental challenges that we work on with confidence continue. We will prevail.
Keep safe; I will write further as we develop our program for this year’s December seminar; we would love to see you there.
Thanks for taking the time to read this,
Tony Bull, President, board of directors, Eastern Ontario Model Forest