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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!

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