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Welcome to the November 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.
2019 EOMF/CIF December Forest Seminar – Kemptville, ON (December 11, 2019)
Registration is now open!  The Eastern Ontario Model Forest, in partnership with the Ottawa section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, has developed a great program for our December Forest Lecture. We have used the term "an end of year celebration of our forests".   This year's seminar will focus on telling the full story of how building with wood is the most sustainable option, from the time the tree is planted in the forest to when the final product is used for the build.  We will hear how a forest can be managed for multiple forest values such as recreation, wildlife and clean water, all while providing a continuous supply of wood to feed the local mill.  We will also hear how building codes are changing to allow for taller wood structures, and how new technology can produce stronger wood products with less to meet these demands.  This will be a great opportunity for those who wish to understand why building with wood is a good choice, from both an ecological and engineering perspective.
Feature presentations include: 
  • Traditional Opening and Closing - Lorraine Rekmans, FSC Board Member 
  • Harvesting wood sustainably: Good for the Environment and Climate Change - Martin Streit, RPF, Forester, South Nation Conservation Authority 
  • The Future of Building – Wood and the Carbon Neutral Pathway - David Moses, PhD, PEng, PE, LEED®AP, Founder of Moses Structural Engineers 
  • A Local to Global Perspective: Linking Sustainable Forest Management to Green Buildings - Invited: Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative 
  • Benefits of Building with Wood - Alex Nott, M.Eng. P.Eng. Mass Timber Engineer, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry 
  • Prefabrication in Timber Construction - Mohammad Mohammad, P.Eng, PhD, Senior Research Advisor, Natural Resources Canada 
  • A National Mass Timber Research Network: Connecting the Dots - Dr. Anne Koven, Executive Director, Mass Timber Institute
Registration in advance will be required by December 6, 2019. The registration fee is $50 and includes morning refreshments and lunch.  You can register and online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF website  or by calling 613-713-1525.   Seminar Poster (agenda, location, time, etc.)

Oak Sponsor – the EOMF and its partners would like to thank ON Wood WORKS!/Canadian Wood Council for being a sponsor of the  27th Annual EOMF/CIF Forest Seminar.

For additional sponsorship opportunities contact Astrid Nielsen at or 613-258-6587.  Additional sponsorship information
Renfrew County Woodlot Conference – Eganville, ON (November 23, 2019)
Plan to attend this premier event for woodlot owners.  This year’s  theme “How to Turbo Charger the Value of your Woodlot” will cover topics such as: how tree marking enhances the value of your woodlot;  manage your woodlot to better withstand extreme weather events; create habitat to enhance the wildlife value of your woodlot; and homesteaders to economic influencers.  Location: Eganville Community Centre.  Registration: $15.00 (OWA members & spouses) & $20.00 (non-members).  Advanced registration is required by November 19, 2019.  Registration includes hot roast beef lunch.  Conference agenda & registration details. For registration, contact Katalijn MacAfee  at or 613-435-3433.
Forest Pest Management Forum 2019 – Ottawa, ON (December 3–5, 2019)
Organized by Natural Resources Canada in support of the National Forest Pest Strategy, the Forum is the largest and most significant gathering of forest pest management experts, managers and practitioners in Canada. The objectives are to share information on current and future pest conditions, pest control operations, environmental issues and the development of alternatives to chemical insecticides, as well as to discuss new technology and the latest research findings.  More details
Save the Date!  (Again, this year, it is a Friday!) 
Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference – Kemptville, ON (February 21, 2020)

Be sure to join us for the 33rd edition of the conference!  The theme is “What your Forest can do for you”, touching on topics including Economic Value of the Forest, Wildlife, Forest Edibles, Fire Management, Forest Health and Available Programs, among others.  The conference will also feature forestry exhibits of all sorts, along with an ‘Ask an Expert’ booth, chainsaw raffle, and much more.  Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of our keynote speaker!
Testing for Chronic Wasting Disease – Eastern Ontario
The Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry will be testing for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in eastern Ontario from October to December (in Wildlife Management Units 65 and 64B specifically).  CWD is a fatal brain disease that affects white-tailed deer, moose, elk and caribou, and could severely impact Ontario's deer population if left unchecked.  So far, CWD has been found in neighbouring U.S. States and Quebec, BUT NOT in Ontario.  Eight designated depot locations will be set up, at which hunters can drop off the head of a harvested deer for testing.  More details
This mysterious Arctic tree stump could reveal ancient secrets
By Lindsay Jones, Maclean’s… “His hunting party had set out under a muted sky from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, on the day Naikak Hakongak spotted something almost never seen on the Arctic tundra.  As the terrain grew more hilly, Hakongak’s hopes of spotting caribou rose—the animals were known to run through the area they call Amagalik. Then, as the hunters’ path dipped into marshy lowlands, Hakongak spied what he first thought was a cylindrical rock sticking out of the bog. “I did a quick U-turn and said ‘This is a tree stump!’” the 56-year-old recalls. “My first thought was ‘Wow, this is quite the strange find.’”  More details

'Everything is interrelated:' Scientists write family tree for tree of life
By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press… “Scientists have written the family tree for the tree of life.  Researchers from around the world and several Canadian universities say it's taken nine years of work to analyze the genetics of 1,100 plant species from algae to elm trees. That work, released Wednesday in the journal Nature, has allowed them to pinpoint a billion years of evolutionary relationships between plants as different as cannabis and cucumbers, orchids and oaks.”  More details
Green-Building Advocates Raise Alarm on Embodied Carbon
By Joann Gonchar, FAIA… “By now, architects are familiar with the often cited statistic: the building sector is responsible for nearly 40 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.  They understand the role of energy efficiency in reducing fossil-fuel use and tackling climate change.  But many are just waking up to the importance of the emissions associated with manufacturing materials and the construction process, or “embodied carbon.”  According to the United Nations Environment Programme, it makes up 11 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions. And, if construction continues at its current pace, in 30 years embodied and operating carbon emissions will be roughly equal.”  More details
‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas
From the University of Cambridge… “A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol.”  More details
Helping Seed Fall from the Trees…. To Become a Forest.
By Barb Boysen, Forest Gene Conservation Association… “Did you notice this spring’s flowering?  In the east, Sugar Maples were yellow from top to bottom.  Not an annual event.  In October, the wind will lay the seed down where it will be cold and moist over winter and germinate in the spring.  Red Maples flower almost every year, the red haze is a harbinger of spring.  Their seed matures quickly and germinates in late June with no winter treatment needed.  Red oaks flower in May but acorns mature over two years.  They must tolerate a lot before germinating in spring 2021. These are three unique species of Ontario’s more than 100 equally unique native tree species.”  More details
Climate change threatens extinction for most birds, especially in Canada: report
By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press… “Climate change threatens extinction for two-thirds of bird species across North America, including almost all of those filling the forests and tundra of northern Canada, says an extensive report.  The study mapped information onto projections of how climate change will alter the habitats on which birds depend. If global average temperatures go up by three degrees — which is what is expected under the measures of the Paris climate agreement — the results are dire.  Audubon concludes that 389 bird species, or 64 per cent, would be at least moderately threatened with extinction by 2100.  The news for Canada is much worse.”  More details
Carlsberg Moves a Step Closer to Creating the World's First 'Paper' Beer Bottle
From The Carlsberg Group… “Carlsberg Group has today updated on its journey to create the world's first 'paper' beer bottle made from sustainably-sourced wood fibres that is both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable.  Carlsberg has unveiled two new research prototypes of its Green Fibre Bottle, which are the first 'paper bottles' to contain beer. Carlsberg also announced it has been joined by other leading global companies who are united in their vision of developing sustainable packaging through the advancement of paper bottle technology.”  More details
China and Africa are building 'great walls' of trees to hold back the desert. But will it work?
By Antony Funnell for Future Tense… “It borrows its name from the massive stone structure built by the Qin Dynasty.  But the purpose of the Green Great Wall is not to hold back the barbarians — it's to stop the ever-encroaching deserts.  "About a quarter of all of China's land mass is desert, and those deserts, up until very recently, were expanding; they were growing at the rate of about 1,000 square miles per year," journalist and author Vince Beiser says.  When completed, the Green Great Wall will stretch more than 4,800 kilometres across the north of China, forming a living barrier along the edge of the giant Gobi Desert.”  More details
How does climate change affect the fall colours? One researcher aims to find out
Kayla Hounsell, CBC News… “Lynsay Spafford trekked through thick brush, sinking in mud and pushing back tree branches, as she made her way toward her research station near Whycocomagh, N.S., on Cape Breton Island.  There, she collected images from one of 13 cameras she's set up at various sites around the province, capturing six images per day of 300 trees. Together, they give her a bigger picture as she studies the impact of climate change on the fall foliage.”  More details
SNC now accepting tree orders for Spring 2020
From… “There are many ways for residents to take advantage of subsidies to help plant trees, and South Nation Conservation (SNC) is encouraging interested landowners to contact their office early to help plan their spring planting projects.  SNC will continue to offer a subsidy to landowners in 2020 for 1-acre tree plantings alongside watercourses and farm fields.”  More details
Quebec loans $8M to restart Thurso pulp mill
CBC News… “The Quebec government is lending the owner of the pulp mill in Thurso up to $8 million in an attempt to restart the shuttered plant, which employs more than 300.  The loan comes one day after Fortress Global Enterprises announced the temporary closure of the mill, 50 kilometres east of Gatineau, Que., blaming the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S.A. and China, as well as the declining price for the mill's cellulose products.”  More details
OPINION: Forestry sector has a role in fighting climate change
By: David Robinson,… “A study by the Ontario Forestry Research Institute describes Ontario’s forestry sector as “the managed forests AND the harvested wood products (HWP) originating from these forests.” Forestry isn’t just trees and the companies that harvest and process trees. According to this definition, our forestry sector includes all the houses built from northern wood in Toronto.  And in Mississippi, if there are any.  And in China.  It includes wooden bowls and wooden tables, but not pellets, pulp, or paper.”  More details
Webinar – Bird and Wildlife Monitoring: Integrating Proven Methods and New Technology – November 4, 2019
From Forests Ontario… “The Earth is seeing the greatest decline in biodiversity in recorded history, and according to a recent report, North America has lost one quarter of all birds over the past 50 years. However, there are organizations monitoring these declines and working hard to reverse these trends. Bird Studies Canada is one example. It is the leader in monitoring bird populations throughout Canada and works with various partners to ensure habitat remains for birds and other wildlife.”  Webinar Registration
This Old Tree Is ‘Eating’ an Iron Bench in Ireland
By Genevieve Scarano,… “A London Plane tree located on the grounds of Ireland’s oldest law school has a big appetite.  The tree, which is near The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, appears to be “devouring” an iron bench over time, Fox News reported.  According to the Tree Council of Ireland, the tree is 69 feet tall and 11.4 feet wide. It was one of many trees that were planted in the city in the 1800s and two years ago, the council declared it a “heritage tree.”  More details
Sustainable forests work to address climate change
By Phil Fiddyment,… “People committed to sustainability understand that there are many complexities to our global challenges. But one often overlooked fact is how valuable forests are in mitigating climate change. When managed sustainably, working forests actually help slow climate change through carbon sequestration and long-term carbon storage. The United Nations have even highlighted sustainably managed forests as a principle strategy to help limit global warming to a level that can assure the health of the planet.”  More details
Efforts to plant more trees in Ireland fall short by thousands of hectares
By Mark Hilliard,… “Efforts to increase tree planting in Ireland, a key component of climate change mitigation, have fallen short of targets by thousands of hectares of land.  An analysis of afforestation by the Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG) found a shortfall of 44 per cent in 2018 targets alone and a budget under-spend of €11 million.  Competing land use, including an expansion in dairy farming, has been cited as a reason for a deficit in activity.  Since 2015, just 22,500 hectares of land have been planted against a target of over 27,000.”  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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