• Woodlot TourJune 16th, 2018
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Notice to Members: Angus Tree Seed Plant closure

On August 28th, 2017, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry announced the closing of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant located at Angus, Ontario. This facility, known in the forest industry as the Angus Tree Seed Plant, began operation in 1923 and during its early life provided viable tree seed to all of Ontario. Today it is the only provincial tree seed processing plant in Southern Ontario and still provides important seed stock at affordable prices to tree nurseries in Ontario. The cost-effective viable seed from this facility is what grows into the nursery stock used for the provincially funded 50 Million Tree Program, one of the most popular tree planting programs in Ontario.

Citizens of Ontario need to voice their concerns over this closure and one way is to show support for the Angus Tree Seed Plant by signing this online petition: https://www.change.org/p/kathleen-wynne-save-the-ontario-tree-seed-facility

OMNRF Forest Health Conditions Report Released

The most recent forest health conditions report is now available! Compiling this report is a team effort by Biodiversity and Monitoring Section’s forest health monitoring crew, who work with other MNRF staff and external partners to keep tabs on what’s bugging Ontario’s forests. Highlights from 2016: Continue reading

Canadian forests a refuge as warming creeps north

Woodlands-related news from Science Daily: Boreal forests in far-northern latitudes may one day act as a climate refuge for black spruce, the foundational tree for the northwoods ecosystem — a major source of the world’s paper; home to caribou, snowshoe hare, lynx, and sable; and nesting site for dozens of migratory bird species, say researchers. Read full article.

Your forest: Your own personal wellness centre

If you own a woodland property you are no doubt aware of the enjoyment and relaxation to be had from a walk through it. With the popularity of “forest bathing” in Japan, science is now documenting a whole range of benefits from the forest on your doorstep, ranging from improved mood and sleep to slashed stress levels and even a boost in immune system function that may even help to fight cancer. Add this comprehensive article detailing the benefits of being in the forest and the research behind it to your Saturday reading, then enjoy your woodlands in a whole new light this weekend.

Worldwide Tree News, good and bad

A couple of interesting “big picture” tree news items, both of them from Science Daily website:

All the more reason to sustainably manage what we have, and private woodlot owners like BGWA members can make a difference in the world!