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Friend of the BGWA Eric Davies speaks to the Weather Network about Norway Maple

I know that we’ve heard this before, in fact we’ve had Grey Bruce local Eric Davies speak about this topic to our group and at the Woodlot conference, however it’s a message worth repeating. The issue with Norway Maple is definitely worse further south, however it’s not limited to the GTA. I’ve seen these trees popping up in local woodlots, and therefore what Eric is showcasing may be a glimpse at the future of some of our forests in the absence of intervention.

Check out The Weather Networks interview with Eric right here.

Forest drones and satellite tree mapping

If you’re interested in both trees and technology, here’s a couple fascinating articles on how we are getting to better understand the makeup of the world’s forest cover:

An analysis of satellite images has pinpointed individual tree canopies over a large area of West Africa. The data suggest that it will soon be possible, with certain limitations, to map the location and size of every tree worldwide. Read full article.

Using robotic tools to automate forestry and reduce risk for human workers, Treeswift uses swarms of autonomous, flying robots equipped with LiDAR sensors to monitor, inventory, and map timberland. The drones collect images of the land and render them into 3-D maps that can be analyzed for precise, quantifiable measurements of a given forest’s biomass. Read full article.

Gypsy Moth Technical Webinar OCT 7

The Invasive Species Centre will host a webinar, October 7 from 10:30-noon, presented by Taylor Scarr from Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service and Dan Rowlinson from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, this webinar will feature updates on the Provincial 2020 survey and data collection techniques used in the field. Details and registration click here.

Tree Marking Workshop Saturday October 17th, 2020

The intention of tree marking and its associated silvicultural practices is to create a healthier forest, which is fundamental to sustainable forest management. If you’re interested in developing a familiarization with the tools and techniques used by professional tree markers, you should consider attending our next BGWA Workshop on Saturday October 17th. Pre-registration is required, and the sign-up information is available right HERE (or on the BGWA website homepage under the “Tree Marking Workshop” tab on the top right). Join us for some (freshly sanitized) hands on learning and (socially distanced) discussions led by BGWA board members and local forestry professionals.

Today is National Tree Day

National Tree Day, September 23rd, is a celebration of the benefits trees provide like clean air, food, shelter, and most importantly, a connection to nature. Take a moment to step outside and express gratitude to the trees in your area or neighbourhood. In honour of Tree Day, the folks behind the documentary movie Call of the Forest are making the film free to view on Vimeo for the entire day.

BGWA Corporate Wear

Hey everyone, just a quick reminder to let you know that BGWA clothing is available to be ordered at this link right here bgwa2020.itemorder.com/sale!

The deadline for ordering is tomorrow at midnight (Friday September 11th), so don’t miss out on your chance to keep warm and look cool at the same time. The items should only take a month or so to make, so hopefully they’ll be ready for the upcoming tree marking workshop in October.

Pictured below is how the name and logo will appear as embroidered on the clothing. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Next member event SEP 19

Just two weeks until our next event, in place of the COVID-cancelled BBQ, join us for an Education Event on the GSCA properties at Bognor Marsh

Saturday September 19, 11:00 AM (rain or shine)

Lead by Mike Fry, GSCA Forester, we will look at & discuss changes to a hardwood bush since harvesting about 5 years ago and discuss the thinning regime in a conifer plantation (2017) . A guided walk along the boardwalk to look at the various Provincially Significant Wetland attributes. Bring your own box lunch for a pavilion get-together afterward

Registration*: jcoles@gbtel.ca  Detailed location will be provided upon registration *We will limit numbers to 20 members and guests.

Members’ Notice Board Posting

A member has posted a notice “Value/merchantability of tamarack logs” to the Members’ Notice Board. If you might be able to assist, log in to the BGWA Notice Board to read/respond.

July 18 Property Tour pix now posted

Our first event since COVID changed everything in March was well-attended, and offered an interesting and informative tour of this varied member property. It was a great opportunity to learn, and to reconnect… at a distance… with other members. Pictures are posted in the members’ area (click here). Every member property is unique and offers something new and valuable. If you would consider hosting a tour of your property, contact Jim Coles to discuss.

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!