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November 2008

Inside this issue:
1. General Manager’s Message

What’s Been Happening?

2. Forest Vegetation Simulator
3. Great Lakes- St. Lawrence Science Seminar
4. Boreal Science Seminar    
5. Spray Advisor Decision Support System    
6. University of Toronto Masters of Forest Conservation field school     
7. IUFRO 9th annual Forestry Extension and Knowledge Transfer Symposium    
8. Alternative Future for Canada's Forests and Forest Sector    
9. FRP's issue of The Forestry Chronicle    


Upcoming Events

10. AngLatin Travel’s Chilean Forestry Tour
11. CONFOR 2008 at Geneva Park
12. 2008 Forest Pest Management Forum & webpage

Points of Interest

13. Mattawa team attends Provincial Envirothon
14. New OFRI website and publications list
15. Petawawa Research Forest article
16. FPInnovations brochures

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General Manager’s Message

Another field season has quickly come and gone and we are already well into the 2008-2009 fiscal season. The FRP remains focused on the need to demonstrate value for money to ensure it remains a preferred vehicle to implement timely research results and affect positive changes in government policy. A review was completed recently of the FRP’s successes to date and I am proud to report that the results prove that we indeed have a solid program that continues to meet these objectives.

For example, the Romeo Malette Forest management plan is nearing draft plan submission and Patchworks has been used effectively to produce the first defensible spatial management plan in northeastern Ontario. Much of the FRP work in yield curves and tree improvement has been built into the model. The Gordon Cosens and Martel Forests are taking advantage of the efforts with the RMF and are in the preliminary stages of implementing Patchworks as their modeling tool. Patchworks is addressing complicated issues such as biodiversity planning while at the same time factoring in economics to balance operational costs with environmental concerns. Already on the RMF plan, there are major improvements to operational plans that should significantly lower delivered wood costs while maintaining stringent environmental requirements.

Other notable successes are in guideline revisions, enhanced forest productivity results, hardwood management, herbicide application technology, enhanced inventory to name a few.

Another area that serves as an excellent measure of success is the administrative costs of running the FRP. Currently, overhead sits at less than 4% which ensures the vast majority of the support goes to the field work where it belongs. Credit goes to all involved from direct staff to the committees that provide guidance to the program.

Last year, the FRP was successful in leveraging approximately $8 for each industry dollar that was contributed. This further demonstrated the value of the partnership by integrating governments both provincial and federal, academia and leading researchers and funding agencies.

As we look forward, the FRP will continue to strive for value for money and reach out beyond its borders to do this. We welcome any suggestions to help achieve this never ending objective to ensure scarce dollars are used wisely.

Alan Thorne.

General Manager

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What’s Been Happening?

It has been quite the hectic year for the FRP so far – lots of events, meetings, tours, publications, and even some staff changes! Hence, it has also been a while since our last newsletter, so there is much to catch up on in this issue. My sincere appreciation to all those who have participated in our events and who have submitted some articles for us to use!

Our winter/spring was chock-full of practical, educational events which took place all across Ontario. It started off with a hands-on training session for the Forest Vegetation Simulator model, put on by Murray Woods in February and March, then progressed to two iterations of our semi-annual Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Science Seminar and presentations in Mattawa and Sault Ste. Marie, and the Boreal Science Seminar in Kapuskasing. An international suite of speakers and attendees enjoyed the very hands-on, practical training on the Spray Advisor Decision Support System organized by Dean Thompson of the Canadian Forest Service. Betwixt and between these front-runner events were the annual University of Toronto Masters of Forest Conservation field school, an IQAFF field tour, a tour of the Nipissing and Algonquin forests by OFRI’s new hardwood science specialist, and a very productive field season. This fall, the FRP had the honour of co-hosting the IUFRO 9th annual Forestry Extension and Knowledge Transfer symposium in the Ottawa Valley – what a great way to learn about forests and extension all over the world! The Sustainable Forest Management Network Forest Futures Program also held a session to discuss Alternative Futures for Canada’s Forests and Forest Sector in North Bay. Although it wasn’t an event, perhaps the most exciting FRP item this year is our very own issue of the Forestry Chronicle! Thanks so much to the Canadian Institute of Forestry, Wayne Bell, Lisa Buse, and the rest of the team for working so hard to put this together – it’s a wonderful compendium of the practical FRP science that has been growing for almost ten years now. For full accounts of these events including some articles, presentations, summaries, and pictures, just click on the links in this paragraph.

Please note that you must have a user name and password to access all past issues of The Forestry Chronicle. Simply log into the CIF website; once logged in you will be redirected to a page with the user name and password to access the Forestry Chronicle articles.

The FRP has undergone its annual staff succession, and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Michelle Nadeau, a graduate of Sault College’s Fish & Wildlife Technician and Integrated Resource Management programs. Michelle has come aboard as the FRP and CIF Extension and Communications Intern and has been doing a great job since May! At the same time I would like to wish Amanda Clouthier, our past FRP Extension Biologist, all the best in her future endeavors beyond the world of FRP and thank her for her very valuable contributions to our extension program – especially the brand-new website and project library! Come December, Sue Pickering will be taking a much more focused role as the Program Manager and interim Extension Manager for the FRP. That’s right, from November to sometime next spring, I will be taking a leave from the FRP to try my hand at forest management planning for a bit. I’ll look forward to catching up with all of you when I return, but until then, FRP Extension will be in the very capable hands of Sue, Michelle, and the rest of the extension team.

I hope you enjoy reading the full articles on these events and as always, please provide any feedback that you can to help us improve this newsletter for next time.

Happy Holidays!,

Nancy Young

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Upcoming Events

-AngLatin Travel’s Chilean Forestry Tour a wonderful way to experience forestry in another country!

-CONFOR 2008: at Geneva Park is a three day event which provides a great opportunity for graduate students studying Environmental Sciences or Forestry at universities across Canada, to share their research findings and experiences with their peers.

-2008 Forest Pest Management Forum & Pest Forum website. Our partners at the Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service will be hosting their annual Pest Management Forum in Aylmer, Quebec from December 2nd to 4th – learn about what’s bugging our forests and how to stop it!

Points of Interest

-Mattawa team attends Provincial Envirothon, 2008! With the help of the Forestry Research Partnership and the Canadian Institute of Forestry, the local team from FJ McElligott High School in Mattawa was able to compete in the Provincial Envirothon in Brantford in May!

-Bookmark OFRI's new web site address: http://ontario.ca/ofri. To view annual publications lists or download recent reports, including the latest Insights newsletter, visit the OFRI publications page at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/OFRI/Publication/index.html.

-The Petawawa Research Forest is 90 this year! Click on the following links to read an article about its valuable legacy of research and history, and to access the latest Tree Tip based on PRF science: the Release of Mid-Rotation Pine in Pine Mixedwoods Significantly Accelerates Growth’. Happy Birthday to the PRF – we look forward to hearing about the next 90 years of research! Petawawa Research Forest article and Tree Tip

The Careful Logger Training Program has been designed to train forest workers in ways to improve efficiency and safety, and minimize negative ecological impacts of forest management activities. Training modules have been and are under development that permit the transfer of knowledge through a blend of classroom and field instruction with a focus to minimizing damage to residual trees (root systems, stem, crown), to regeneration, and to the site. Specific attention is given to preplanning of access and harvest operations, new technologies and standards related to working around water, and the recognition of critical forest values and recommended approaches to mitigating possible negative impacts of the logging activity on those values.

Accompanying training aids are an important component of the Training Program in that they can help operators retain some of the key messages that have been provided. For that reason the FRP in partnership with the FPInnovations has produced two brochures related to Protecting Residual Trees and Regeneration and Planning Trails and Landings. Both were prepared specifically for partial cut situations, and are available for distribution at upcoming training sessions. Two additional brochures developed by FPInnovations that focus on clearcut situations, Controlling Soil Erosion on Skid Trails and Landings and Installing Water Crossings in Harvest Blocks have also been produced and are available for use. These brochures are currently being translated to French and those versions should be available this summer.

All the brochures are intended to provide the reader with general principles and practices to reduce damage in GLSL harvest operations.

The “Protecting Residual Trees and Regeneration” brochure provides best management practices related to manual and mechanical felling, skidding and forwarding, and considerations the operator should be aware of related to potential soil damage and season of the harvest.

The “Planning Landings and Trails” brochure provides suggestions related to trail layout, slope and regeneration considerations, how to plan operations near sensitive sites, as well as conditions to look for and to avoid when selecting a landing location.

The “Controlling Soil Erosion on Skid Trails and Landings” brochure supplies information that will help an operator maintain natural drainage patterns, stabilize exposed soils and protect soils and water bodies from erosion and sedimentation during harvest operations. The brochure covers best practices, short and long-term soil stabilization, and installation of water bars for the purpose of protecting tree growth, water quality, and fish habitat.

“Installing Water Crossings in Harvest Blocks” provides guidance that should help prevent damage to watercourses while maintaining water quality and fish habitat during harvest operations. Suggestions related to the preplanning of water crossings, choice of structure, construction, installation and decommissioning are given.

If you are interested in any of these brochures please contact Michelle Nadeau: michelle@canadianecology.ca

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