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“Rising up from the Ashes”

Tree species devastated by blight and insects aren’t truly gone until their genetics disappear. Ron Casier, chair of the Canadian Chestnut Council, displayed an American chestnut seedling in Delhi this week that is immune to a killer blight that descended on North America in 1904. A similar genetic rescue of ash trees is underway in southern Ontario. Click here to read the full article in the Simcoe Reformer.

Forest Therapy presentation slides available

Rob Klea, our featured Guest Speaker at the AGM earlier this month, has graciously provided the full slide deck from his Forest Therapy presentation to be shared with BGWA Members. Whether or not you were able to attend the presentation at the AGM, the slides provide great overview of the topic. To access, go to the event gallery (member password required) and look for the link just below the AGM event photos.

Grey-Bruce Woodlot Conference just 10 days away!

The annual woodlot conference will take place in Elmwood, Saturday March 30th, featuring presentations on Mechanized Tree Harvesting, Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP), Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS), Trail Building in Woodlots, Bears on the Bruce Peninsula, Pesticide Use and Restrictions PLUS all the great Continue reading

Members’ Notice Board Posting

A member has posted a notice Logging Trailer for Sale to the Members’ Notice Board. If you might be interested in this opportunity log in to the BGWA Notice Board to read/respond.

AGM pics & docs now online

Gerald Guenkel receives prize drawn from amongst the past year’s newsletter contributors

A few pictures from the AGM, held March 2nd at Grey Roots Museum, have been posted in the Event Gallery along with a listing of Research Supporting the Health Benefits of Spending Time in Nature compiled by Rob Klea, who gave a presentation on the topic of forest therapy.

Copies of reports (financial, communications, etc.) and the amended Constitution have been posted to the Documents section of the Members’ area. Take note, Continue reading

Woodlands & Wellness

I have been re-reading The Nature Fix: Why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative by Florence Williams (W.W.Norton and Company, 2017) with an eye to noting factoids and studies linking trees, woodlands and wellness. Here are three of many described in the book:

  • A Toronto study showed the higher a neighbourhood’s tree density, the lower incidence of heart and metabolic disease.
  • Research in Japan found that the phytoncides we breath in forests (esp coniferous) are antibacterial.
  • A study in Finland found that emotionally restorative feelings were noticeable after as little as 15 minute walk in forest setting.

Interested to learn more? Come hear Rob Klea, a certified forest therapy guide, and his presentation “Taking in What the Forest Has to Offer” at our AGM this Saturday. Feel free to bring a guest who may be interested too!

Cold snap is not ALL bad

If you’ve been grumbling at all about the recent cold snaps, the up side could be some degree of damage to Emerald Ash Borer populations… sustained air temperatures of -25 have the potential to bring about a 50% mortality rate, rising to 75% at -30. Read more in this CBC News article.