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NEW Members’ Notice Board Posting

A member has posted a notice “White Pine / Cedar Logs Dried for Carving” to the Notice Board. If you might be able to assist, log in to the BGWA Notice Board to read/respond.

NEW Members’ Notice Board Posting

A member has posted a notice “White Pine / Cedar Planks Dried for Carving” to the Notice Board. If you might be able to assist, log in to the BGWA Notice Board to read/respond.

More about Firewood Fuel & Wood Heating

The December 2020 issue of Ontario Woodlot Association’s The Ontario Woodlander focusing on firewood fuel was well received by OWA members, and OWA has now graciously made available free access to a PDF version for all interested woodlot owners – click to view or download full issue (vol.101).

Wood really is the window to the future?

The piece of glass made from wood
Research work at the Forest Products Lab on using wood to create transparent windows is making great strides. (Photo: USDA Forest Service)

The old saying goes ‘those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’, but now research out of the USDA Forest Service may be finding away around this. The researchers are creating transparent wood material that could replace glass windows. Read more about this new technology here.

Where do the bugs go in winter?

An interesting post on Northern Woodlands yesterday, How Insects Spend the Winter. I knew some of this but learned much more… adds to the perspective as I trundle through the snow-covered forest. By the way, have you noticed the days getting a bit longer?? Yes, spring (and the insects’ return) is coming! Between being a weather geek and being a solar-powered off-gridder I have a bit of an obsession with daylight hours and created a dataset to graph the day length pattern… you will see that now we’re beyond 4 weeks post-solstice day length begins accelerating 🙂

Why Woodpeckers Don’t get Stuck to Trees

I’m not sure I’ve ever asked myself this question, but when I read the headline, I needed to know the answer. Perhaps now you do too. Click the link to the article to find out, and there’s a short YouTube video as well. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/01/video-reveals-why-woodpeckers-don-t-get-stuck-trees

European Gypsy Moth and Maple Syrup Production

Gypsy moth Adults, pupa, and egg masses – Photo Credit Jason Brook

European Gypsy Moth is an invasive forest pest that will feed on a number of different tree species including its preferred oak but also sugar maple, white pine and spruce. The numbers and sightings have been climbing over the past several years.

For those members who tap their maple trees for syrup the following article provides a good overview of the impacts of European Gypsy Moth on maple syrup production.

https://www.invasivespeciescentre.ca/does-european-gypsy-moth-want-to-take-a-bite-out-of-ontarios-maple-syrup-production/

Members’ Notice Board Posting

A member has posted a notice “Looking for 2″- 6″ x 5′ long hard maple logs” to the Notice Board. If you might be able to assist, log in to the BGWA Notice Board to read/respond.

Members’ Notice Board Posting

A member has posted a notice “Seeking owner of BGWA member property near Conc 12 and Bruce Saugeen town line” to the Notice Board. If you might be able to assist, log in to the BGWA Notice Board to read/respond.

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.