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The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) was pleased to welcome and co-host a delegation visiting Ottawa from the African Model Forest Network (AMFN).  The EOMF in collaboration with the Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) and the International Model Forest Network Secretariat (IMFNS) organized tailored Agenda's and a venue designed to transfer knowledge to these international delegates on their chosen topics of interest.  On the flipside, we also learned about their unique issues, challenges and initiatives.  EOMF responds to these always fascinating requests from the Natural Resources Canada and the IMFNS as part of its strategic role as a Forest Community Program Ambassador. 

On October 13, 2011 the AMFN visited and toured Temple's Sugar Camp in Lanark County. Their principle interest for the Canadian visit was to gain new insights into developing their own non-timber forest product industries by learning about the Canadian experience. Mark Richardson, EOMF's General Manager, described our maple syrup industry as well as how and why using forest certification is an effective management tool. We were pleased to learn many of their surrounding forests in the Congo basin are FSC-certified - so were asked to also describe the Chain of Custody Certification process.  We also touched on some potential opportunities around the development of other NTFP's such as wood turning. 

Leanne Elliott from CMFN outlined several other NTFP projects being conducted by Model Forests throughout Canada including the cultivation of blueberries and other berry crops, mushrooms and other forest edibles, eco- and ethno-tourism development with South American indigenous tribes, and the production of a Goods from the Woods Directory.

The gracious and friendly African delegates described that most of their NTFP management is performed by women cooperatives, or 'platforms', that come together from surrounding villages to work on projects that utilize 'waste' wood gathered from the jungle floor.  One ongoing project that has proven the model, is turning gorgeous exotic wood pens for the export market.  Facilitation of the machinery and training was enabled by the Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest in Quebec who has had a long-standing working relationship with the french-speaking countries represented in the African Model Forest Network.  Another initiative involves the cultivation of heritage foods from their forest locales - including Giant Snails - once a popular staple among their ancestors.  Our guests came from Cameroon (home-base for the AMFN), the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic.  Now that we share coordinates, we also hope to share and transfer more knowledge with them into the future as needs and opportunities arise.

The Annual Christmas Forest Seminar is approaching fast, Wednesday December 14th, and space is limited so please register now to avoid disappointment! 

This year's theme is "International Year of update and Canada's place". This is our contribution and celebration of the United Nations declaring 2011 the International Year of Forests.  We look forward to hearing what our informed speakers will be saying about the big picture on a global scale - and our place within it. We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, December 14 at Purvis Hall on the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph for a morning of insightful presentations and discussions, topped off by a hot turkey buffet lunch! 

For more details and to register online please click HERE, or contact Mary at 613-258-8241.

This informative event has become a traditional and much-anticipated gathering for those interested in a focused and circumspect investigation of topical forest-related issues, challenges and opportunities.  It's also a great occassion to touch base with colleagues and friends, and meet new acquaintances, in a relaxed and festive atmosphere prior to the holiday season.  We hope to see you there!

Another free Beech Bark Disease Workshop is being offered due to strong local interest!  This workshop is designed for forest managers, tree markers, and other specialists interested in learning how to identify and reduce the impacts of Beech Bark Disease (BBD).  Brought to you by EOMF in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR), the Resource Stewardship Council of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, and South Nation Conservation. Workshop objectives include: 

• to transfer local knowledge and current understanding about BBD including its range and impact in Ontario;
• to enlist participation in a beech survey to locate, mark and protect putatively disease-resistant beech trees;
• to consult on management strategies and Best Management Practices to lessen the impacts of BBD and promote beech survival;
• to gather information needed for drafting tree marking guidelines for stands affected by BBD; and more...

The day will consist of both an in-class and a site visit led by Dr. Richard Wilson, Forest Program Pathologist for OMNR, and Dr. John McLaughlin, Forest Research Pathologist for OMNR.

Date: Thursday, November 17  2011 from 9:00 - 3:00 pm
Habitat Room, South Nation Conservation, 38 Victoria Street, Finch, ON

Space will be limited to 25 registrants so register early.  For more detail and to register online please click HERE or contact Mary @ (613) 258-8241 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Click HERE to view the Agenda

To view our eight-page, colour Fall Forestry Forum newsletter, and read about what's happened since our Spring edition then please click HERE !

The Eastern Ontario Model Forest and its event partners, the Ferguson Forest Centre and the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce, would like to extend a special thank you to everyone that participated in this year's Forest Fair of Eastern Ontario! From the many volunteers that helped make it all happen, to the wood artisans that demonstrated their crafts, to our many sponsors and exhibitors that supported us financially and exhibited their materials, to the wonderful musicians that kept the tunes in the air, to the Rotary club that kept the scrumptious barbeque smells in the air, to the suppliers and buyers of the Log & Lumber Auction, to the visitors of all ages that came to browse - thanks for helping to make it another successful fair!

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