Category Archives: What’s New

Forestry Connects

While Ontario’s population is increasingly urban – 86% of the population now lives in cities – the importance of our forests to the social and economic wellbeing of our communities has not diminished. Ontario’s forests, which span 70 million hectares, support more than 180,000 … Continue reading

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North American Envirothon is coming to Ontario

A new Envirothon season is just around the corner and it’s going to be a big one! For the first time ever the North American Envirothon (NAE) will be coming to Ontario and Forests Ontario is excited to showcase our program and province to Envirothon supporters from across Canada and the … Continue reading

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Emerging Leaders for Biodiversity

In May of 2015, forty Youth Delegates,18-30 years of age, gathered at the Ontario Biodiversity Summit. The goal was to create a Youth Declaration for Biodiversity. Over three days of seminars, workshops, and discussion, a declaration was prepared by the participants outlining the youth … Continue reading

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State of Ontario’s Biodiversity Report and Ontario’s Wetlands

The State of Ontario’s Biodiversity report (SOBR) is released by the Ontario Biodiversity Council every five years.  It provides a snapshot of the health of the province’s biodiversity using 45 indicators.  Wetlands, for example, are a great indicator of biodiversity … Continue reading

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Vernal pools – whatever you do, don’t call them puddles!

Vernal pools are those temporary spring flooded areas in your forests. They are known by many names – ephemeral pools, intermittent wetlands, spring wetlands – but whatever you do, don’t call them a puddle! Puddles are unreliable; sometimes they appear, … Continue reading

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Under attack. Invaders taking over Ontario waters.

Invasive species are plants, animals or other organisms that come from other parts of the world and begin to outcompete and even replace the existing plant and animal populations. Did you know there are currently over 1,000 invasive species in … Continue reading

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Keeping house for the ducks

Wood ducks, goldeneyes, mergansers and buffleheads are all cavity nesting ducks – which means they build nests in abandoned woodpecker holes or natural tree cavities caused by disease, fire or lightning. When there are few natural tree cavity nesting sites … Continue reading

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The future of Ontario’s wetlands is in our hands

The signs of stressed and failing watershed health are evident as more and more media stories across the country are citing massive, costly floods, algal blooms and increased risk of drought. Like all Canadians, Ontarians are increasingly concerned about climate … Continue reading

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Cleaning up Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay

For people living in central Ontario, Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay are important natural resources. They are vital sources of drinking water. They help drive the economy by generating millions of dollars in tourism every year. The problem? Pollutants are … Continue reading

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Gathering of Stewardship Councils in South-West Ontario

In our last issue of SNO Squall, we told you about a stewardship forum in Newmarket for Central Ontario stewardship councils. This month, we continued our outreach program with a forum for stewardship councils in South-West Ontario. It was held … Continue reading

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