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With the release of this discussion paper, the Forest Science Committee hopes to further stimulate dialogue among EOMF members and partners about their experiences and observations with respect to how the climate may be changing in eastern Ontario – with a view to further exploring what the changes may mean in terms of adaptation and management actions on the ground.

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Protecting the environment - everyone wants to do their part, but it's hard to know where to begin. At the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF), we would ask you to start local. Established in 1992 as a not-for-profit, charitable organization, EOMF works with government, landowners, industry, First Nations, non-government organizations, and others to implement innovative and sustainable forest management practices that affect all of us.

We need your help. As we face new challenges, we are reaching out to our communities to help us realize our vision of creating a sustainable forest landscape that can be enjoyed by all.

We offer a number of easy options for giving:

1. Renew Your Membership/Become a Member – with several categories to choose from, everyone can make a difference.

2. Make a Donation – choose a one-time donation, a monthly option or send an e-Card.

3. Become a Corporate Sponsor – this donation option enables the forest-based industry that we work to serve, and other companies interested in raising their corporate social and environmental responsibility profile, to contribute to EOMF's sustainability and success.

You can view more details on each of the options and give your support online by visiting: www.eomf.on.ca/donate, or by simply calling us at (613) 258-8241. Charitable receipts will be issued upon request for all donations over $25.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you to build a stronger EOMF!

Please join the EOMF next Wednesday, June 12th for our 21st Annual General Meeting at the Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre, 1175 Limerick Road, Oxford Station.  As always, guests are welcome so bring a friend!  

Registration begins at 8:30 and proceedings will start at 9:00.  Cost is $20 to cover catering.  To register and view our Agenda please visit our Event page by clicking HERE, or, call Mary at 613-258-8241.

A short business meeting will be followed by a viewing of our latest certified wood market trends video, and some interesting and informative presentations from two guest speakers including Ray Bonnenberg, President of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association, and Rob Keen, CEO of Trees Ontario.

Ray will be chatting about some new data that reveals some surprising and compelling information about the numerous health and nutritional properties found naturally in maple syrup during his talk on "Healthy Sugarbushes Yielding Nutritious & Pure Maple Products".  

Rob will share the findings of a recent Trees Ontario report entitled "A Healthy Dose of Green" which compiles scientific evidence illustrating the connection between forests and human health, both mental and physical, and recommends that a minimum of 30% forest cover is needed to support healthy ecosystems.

After an outdoor lunch, our friends at Limerick Forest will be conducting a guided tour that winds its way along the interpretive EOMF Memorial Trail. Hope to see you there!

As I drive around the Valley this spring for tree planting season the hills are awash with spring colours. The spring is a time of awakening of our forests from their winter slumber and they usually flush out in shades and tones of green as leaves emerge on the various tree species.

But this year is different. The spring colours include some greens but are dominated by yellows with some browns and even reds. So what is going on?

You have to stop your truck and look a little closer but you will see a massive asynchronous display of trees flowering. All species seem to be choosing to flower rather than put on a full slate of leaves. The sugar maples are particularly extreme this spring with many individual trees dripping yellow flowers rather than deep green leaves. The poplars are loaded with long green seed catkins that will soon ripen and disperse as floating fluff. Elms are loaded with their saucer like seeds ready to fly in the wind. Red oaks are brownish with male pollen catkins hanging just behind the emerging leaves.

Many of these tree species have long cycles between bumper seed crops. Poplars are usually 4-5 years between good crops as they rely more on suckering from their roots to reproduce than seeds. Red oak is said to have a periodicity of 2-5 years between heavy acorn crops. But the longest cycle of the bunch is sugar maple which last had a bumper crop of seed in 2002 which is bang right on the textbook cycle of 10-12 years between bumper crops.

That is just the short list. I am seeing bumper flower crops in ash, cedar, cherry, and birch. My limited exposure to the more southern walnut and butternut are also showing good crops. Norway spruce, although not native, are loaded with male and female flowers.

It is mathematically the equivalent of all the planets lining up for all these cycles to align so something else is initiating the trees to flower than random chance.

The biological cycle for all these tree flowers starts the year before at the cellular level where a stimulus prompts the tree to make a cell division that will turn into a vegetative bud leading to a leaf or needles or a reproductive bud that will turn into a male or female flower. The stimulus that prompted the 'flowering over foliage' decision in 2012 was the drought last spring and summer and the trees are responding with what foresters call a stress seed crop.

A stress crop is a 'reproduce before you die' strategy that evolved to continue on the genetic line of each species or population of the species but comes with the cost of adding additional stress onto the surviving individual trees. Rather than make foliage which would capture sunlight and add energy to the tree's now depleted reserves, the trees are making the decision to allocate existing reserves into reproductive appendages which do not do anything to help the individual tree recover from last year's drought. As these flowers ripen and fall off the trees are left looking rather thin in foliage and many landowners will wonder if they will recover. A good wet spring and summer should jump them on their way to recovery but another drought year will push them further into decline.

Monitor your bush lot and watch for further signs of decline from this added stress.

Mark June 12, 2013 on your calendar and plan to attend the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s 21st Annual General Meeting.   This year’s AGM will be held once again at the Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre, 1175 Limerick Road Oxford Station (near Kemptville).  Please join us for a day of learning and of sharing information in the relaxing atmosphere of the Limerick Forest.  As always, guests are welcome so bring a friend! 

Registration and coffee is at 8:30 with the event officially kicking off at 9:00.  A short business meeting will be followed by a screening of our latest video, and a guest speaker or two presenting on topics of interest - so stay tuned.  One thing we do know for sure is that we will host another scrumptious outdoor barbeque under the big white tent followed by a walk along the EOMF Memorial Trail as we did at last year's AGM - venue and food back by popular demand!  

To register and check for updates please visit our Event page by clicking HERE.  

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