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    21 APR 2020 – 5PM by teleconference

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    15 DEC 2020 – 5PM @ SVCA, Formosa

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Registration open: Jul 18 Property Tour

A family-friendly event for members and their guests of all ages, this tour will include 3 different tree plantings – mixed species, Ducks Unlimited/Species at Risk project, and a Solar project on barn roof. Plus… you get to chat (at a safe distance 🙂 ) with members you may not have see in a while!! Complete details, location and registration click here. Space limited to 3 nine-person groups… sign-up today!

Property Tour: July 18

Great news, BGWA member events are re-starting! Keep Saturday, July 18 open for an interesting tour of a member property near Markdale. The event will be structured to incorporate safe distancing and conform to group size limits, with 3 separate walk-thrus available at 10AM, 1PM and 4PM. Watch here for details and registration coming soon!

Impacts of forest cover loss on global biodiversity

New international research reveals the far-reaching impacts of forest cover loss on global biodiversity. The research, led by the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews, investigated the impacts of forest loss on species and biodiversity over time and around the world, revealing both losses and gains in species. Read full article on Science Daily.

OWA Firewood Study available

It’s a fine warm day here in Grey & Bruce counties so I thought you might enjoy reading a recent study on firewood, done by the Ontario Woodlot Association. With many interesting factoids, maps and charts, the study paints a complete picture of firewood harvest (both personal and professional) and use in Ontario. Download the full report here.

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority remains closed for now

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) would like to clarify that their properties and trails remain closed at this time. click for full press release

Northern Forest Atlas – Digital Atlases

The Northern Forest Atlas Foundation, based in Lake Placid New York, has made three of their plant atlases available for free downloads from their website. Woody Plants of the Northern Forest, Mosses of the Northern Forest, and Sedges of the Northern Forest are all available now as PDFs.

Each document contains over 1400 pictures with an abundance of ecological information, and would be a very useful tool to assist with your plant identification needs.

A link to the Northern Forest Atlas can be found right here.

At home with the kids: Woodland Resources

Forests Ontario has put together a fantastic list of educational lessons, play themes, fun activities,  webinars and videos, organized by age and grade level. If you (or someone you know) are stuck for something to do with the kids, this is a great grab bag to reach into!

Woodland Supermoon!

full-moon-through-the-treesTomorrow the full moon peaks at 9:36 PM in this area. It is also a “supermoon” which is when the moon is closest to earth and tends to look a bit larger and looming than it usually does, especially as it rises from the horizon. The moonrise begins at 7:37. Whether from the fields during moonrise or from your favourite woodlands once it is high in the sky, what a great opportunity to Continue reading

BGWA suspending postal communication

During this time of heightened COVID vigilance, BGWA will not be sending postal mail to members who have requested not to (or are unable to) receive communications via email. If you know a member in this category, perhaps give them a call and offer to print them a copy of the latest newsletter so they can stay in touch with what is happening at BGWA… if you are able to to this, be sure to deliver it with due diligence to social distancing and safe document handling.

Woodlot Conference POSTPONED

The annual conference, scheduled this year for March 28, in Elmwood has been postponed on account of COVID-19 risk. Rescheduled date will be announced here once it has been determined.