Highlights from the Trenton Woodlot Conference (Nov 25, 2016)

Melissa Spearing Events, Forest Management and Tree Markers, Landowner, Uncategorized

FGCA Attends the 27th Trenton Woodlot Conference

The Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) was asked to present information and advice for woodlot owners on “Adapting to a Changing Climate” at the 27th Trenton Woodlot Conference, November 25, 2016. It was a well-attended conference with approximately 210 registrants, exhibitors and forest industry partners. Melissa Spearing, assistant coordinator for the FGCA presented “Shooting a Moving Target: Conserving and Restoring Your Forest in a Changing Climate” (pdf copy of the presentation below):

trenton woodlot conference, presentation by FGCA

Trenton Woodlot Conference “Shooting a Moving Target” PDF Presentation by FGCA

Steve D’eon, RPF and Knowledge Exchange Specialist with the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (Ottawa, ON), presented more information and advice including great examples of extreme weather events (blowdowns, drought effects, ice storms) in Eastern Ontario with his talk on “Managing Your Forest in a Changing Climate”. Content from that talk is summarized in this document of the same name, published by the Renfrew County Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association (April 2015). While the document focuses on Renfrew county and Eastern Ontario, good forest management principles are similar for woodlot owners across Ontario as the risks of climate change increase. If you are interested in generating climate change projection maps for your area to compare, please check out Climate Change in Ontario’s Regions and Districts. You can also find more information on  Climate Change through our website here.

Our exhibitor booth also featured many resources for butternut recovery and reporting, and there were many questions from concerned landowners given the prevalence of this endangered species in Eastern Ontario. If you would like to find out more about our recovery work, access information pamphlets or report a potentially healthy specimen to the FGCA, please click here.