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BGWA sponsors Grey Bruce Envirothon

A St. Mary’s Envirothon team has won the Grey Bruce Regional Envirothon Competition held at the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Clubhouse outside Rockford and will now represent the region at the provincial Envirothon competition held at Sir Sandford Fleming College May 28-31, 2017 sponsored by Forests Ontario. Continue reading

Fighting climate change with trees & grass

Members who watched the Call of the Forest movie at our special screening event back in January will recall Diana Beresford-Kroeger saying that trees are our main weapon to combat climate change… “If everybody went out and planted a tree…” A report in the MIT Technology Review supports that notion, and by extension supports what we are doing as private woodlands owners–the maintenance of forest and greenspace has never been more important, especially in an area like southern Ontario. Semi-related, Call of the Forest is just now beginning to screen publicly across Canada and will soon be hitting the festival circuit… you got to see it months in advance right here Grey-Bruce 🙂

Amended BGWA Constitution posted online

At the Annual General Meeting, February 25, 2017, a motion was presented and accepted by a majority to amend the constitution to allow proxy voting at future AGMs. The amendment also included a couple minor housekeeping clarifications in the section on AGMs. The amended document is now posted in the About BGWA section.

Bruce County Donates Mature Maples To Local Municipalities

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, 14 mature trees will be planted across Bruce County, most on them at ceremonies taking place this Friday morning, the day prior to earth day. For details read the story on Blackburn News.

Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action

Antibiotics save lives, but there is a downside to their ubiquity. High doses can kill healthy cells along with bacteria, while also spurring the creation of ‘superbugs’ that don’t respond to known antibiotics. Now, researchers report a natural way that could reduce antibiotic use without sacrificing health: a maple syrup extract that increases the potency of these medicines. Read full article on Science Daily.

It’s true: The sound of nature helps us relax

Playing ‘natural sounds’ affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain, new research shows. Read full article on Science Daily.

Woodlot Conference Photos

Photos from an awesome 25th annual Grey-Bruce Woodlot Conference can be viewed online (thanks Larry Cluchey for the pics!) in the Event Gallery Members’ Area… use your 2017 password to access. I have also posted the slides from my presentation Eco-friendly Woodlot Equipment: Tools or Toys? and will subsequently post slide sets we get from any of the other presenters.