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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.

Register for AGM and win a prize

Our AGM is coming in 3 weeks, on Saturday March 2nd. Registering in advance helps us to plan ahead and also allows us to purchase the right amount of refreshments and treats. Registering in advance also enters you into a draw for the engaging book Ontario Forests: A Historical Perspective. Also a reminder, membership renewal is now due… you can renew online by credit card in just a minute, or download a form for mail-in payment by cheque.

How Trees Talk to Each Other

“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes through this engaging TEDtalk.

Update: Bill 66

An update, further to our January 20 direct email to members: the provincial government announced it will be removing Schedule 10 from Bill 66. The schedule 10 “open-for-business” by-laws would have overridden protections for water, natural heritage and farmland in municipalities across Ontario. Read details at ontarionature.org

AGM Guest Speaker Annoucement

Our AGM will take place Saturday, March 2, starting at 10AM, at Grey Roots Museum. Our featured guest will be Rob Klea of New Trail Forest Therapy, based on the Bruce Peninsula, who will give a presentation “Taking In What the Forest Has to Offer”:

When John Muir wrote “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”, he was describing an experience that many have when spending time in a forested environment. It turns out that these experiences are beginning to be better understood through science. Come and learn why “taking in what the forest has to offer” may be one of the best “multivitamins” to support optimal health and wellbeing.

For a preview and some background on Forest Therapy, read Rob’s article in our latest member newsletter. Watch for the official AGM Notice + details coming direct by email (or by snail-mail for our postal members) within the next week. Registration will open at that time.