Urgent: Save Ontario’s Seed

Melissa Spearing General

Ministry Announced the closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant On August 23 2017, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) announced the closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant, effective September 2018. The Ontario Tree Seed Plant and its public seed bank provide genetically appropriate seed for reforestation on Ontario’s Crown land, afforestation planting programs such as the 50 Million Tree …

Developing seed on white ash (Fraxinus americana), 2006. Photo by Barb Boysen

What to do with Ash wood infested with Emerald Ash Borer?

Melissa Spearing In The News, Landowner, Seed Collector

  A recent newspaper article, “City, Fleming partner to address the Emerald Ash Borer and hazard trees” in Kawartha Lakes This Week (April 13, 2017), noted that, “If you have ash trees on your property that have been infested, it is best to destroy the wood”. ​The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) ​is spreading and killing many trees across Southern Ontario. …

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 …

Seed Source Matters!

Melissa Spearing Ontario's Natural Selection, Seed Collector, Stock Production, Uncategorized

Since the early 1990’s the Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) has worked to conserve the native genetic diversity of our urban and rural forests. This is an increasing challenge in the face of development, agricultural land use, invasive species and climate change, especially in Southern Ontario. Where forest conservation fails, restoration becomes the next and increasingly necessary challenge, and the …

New Website live: Perfection will have to wait

fgca General

We have waited long enough. It’s time to launch our new website… So, here it is! While we are still completing some sections of the site—and working out a few kinks—we felt that it was finally time to get this site live. We have worked on this on and off, and while we know it’s not yet perfect, we are …

Forestry in Trouble

fgca In The News, Landowner

Here is some disturbing news about support for private forests. “Forestry is in trouble at every level” — Orillia Packet. Go to the article

Death of Hemlock Trees Yields New Life for Hardwood Trees, but at What Cost to the Ecosystem?

fgca In The News

Dec. 20, 2012 — Due to the introduction of exotic pests and pathogens, tree species are being eliminated one by one from forest ecosystems. In some cases, scientists can observe immediately how their loss affects the environment, whereas in other cases, creative puzzle solving and analysis reveal unexpected repercussions. In the case of the loss of the hemlock tree, University …