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Caring For Your Land Workshop Series

The EOMF, in partnership with Ontario Stewardship and others, has developed a collection of workshop materials and information on a wide variety of topics including sugar bush management, invasive species, tree identification, forest health, and living by water, to name a few.  The links below lead to PowerPoint presentations on these and other topics.

Biodiversity Indicators for Woodlot Owners

Many landowners cite biodiversity and forest health as a management objective for their woodlot, but what does that really mean? How can you tell if your management plan is achieving those goals? Included in this presentation, along with a primer on biodiversity, are a set of natural indicators -- plants and animals -- whose presence you can track over time. By following these indicators over time, you'll be able to measure the health and diversity of your woodlot, and make improvements through sound woodlot management.

Conifer Plantation Management

Most of the MNR programs that were intended to support private land forestry are no longer in existence, but established plantations can provide a wealth of benefits to the landowner and the local ecology. This workshop, a series of seven modules, covers a wide range of topics pertaining to private woodlot management, and specifically to managing conifer plantations.

Ice Storm Residential Tree Care

The ice storm in January, 1998 wreaked havoc on roads, power lines, and forests across eastern Ontario. Trees unable to bear the weight of ice were broken or deformed, and made more susceptible to pests and disease. This presentation discusses the effects of the ice on trees, focusing on residential, landscape, and street trees. It covers clean-up and maintenance techniques to encourage vigourous recovery and growth, and illustrates cases where professional help might be required.

Invasive Species

In this age of globalization and world trade, the risk of introducing foreign species into ecosystems lacking natural predators or other controls is great. The effects can be devastating, from an economic, social, and environmental point of view. The three-part Invasive Species workshop breaks down invasive and exotic threats, their pathways to introduction, and the potential costs. The workshop continues in great detail on the identification, origins, and costs of invasive plants, and invasive insects and diseases.

Lake Planning

Lake associations across Ontario have found great value in preparing lake management plans -- plans that lay out goals and values for the water and land, policies and action plans to protect those values, and unite the landowners who share those values. This presentation gives a broad overview of the components of a lake plan, and the exercise in creating it. This is an excellent primer to bring to your lake association to get the ball rolling on a plan to protect the health of your lake.

Living By Water

The shoreline of a lake or river is an extremely sensitive area: it's an interface where fertilizers, pesticides, and pollutants can enter the water cycle, where sedimentation is generated, and where vegetation can influence the temperature and oxygen capacity of the water. These values, and others, illustrate the importance of proper shoreline management. This workshop explains the role healthy shorelines play in the ecosystem, and what you, as a landowner, can do to make sure your shoreline is healthy and doing its job.

Log and Lumber Quality and Measurement

Developed by the Eastern Ontairo Model Forest and the Ontario Woodlot Association, the Understanding Log and Lumber Quality and Management workshop introduces participants to aspects of quality in logs and sawn lumber that influence the market price. Future modules will cover specifics of quality measurement and ways to manage a woodlot to maximize wood quality.

Managing Forests Under Climate Change

Climate change may be the single biggest challenge humans have faced; the effects of climate change run deep as the form and function of our biosphere shifts with changes in temperature, precipitation, and air quality. Even forest management is affected, as the productive ranges of species changes with the climate, as the length of the growing season changes, and windows for certain types of management techniques, such as the winter harvest, changes. This workshop will guide forest managers, including private woodlot owners, through the issues and options associated with such a complex and far-reaching topic.

Old-Growth Forest

"Old growth" is an inexact term that brings images of huge, ancient trees in dense, dark forests to mind. Amongst scientists and forest practitioners, ecologists and naturalists, old-growth can have widely varied meanings. This workshop describes various definitions of the term, and outlines some of the structural characteristics that characterize old-growth forests. It also delves into the functional characteristics of old-growth that make it such a valuable element on the landscape.

School Yard Greening

Nothing brings a school together like some good, old-fashioned hard work, and a school yard greening project is just the ticket to improve the school yard, do something good for the planet, and have some fun in the process. The five-part School Yard Greening workshop will help you create your own school planting project by laying out the benefits, planning, surveying, species selection, and site design. Perfect for teachers, parents, or students!
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