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Logger Appreciation Dinner and AGM- Wednesday April 13th, 2016

Where: Bancroft Fish and Game Club, 27602 Hwy 60S

Spring break up is here and it is a good time for our forest industry community to gather and share stories of the winter cutting season and things to come.  The Hoover family will prepare a special dinner.  We are very excited to have Terry McLeish back again who will play us some songs about logging, hunting and subjects that I am sure we can all relate to.

5:30 – Doors open
6:00 to 7:00 – Dinner
7:00 to 7:30 – Presentation of Managing Beech Bark Disease
7:30 to 7:45 – BAFIA Annual General Meeting
7:45 – 8:45 – Terry McLeish

There will be a $10 charge to cover the cost for food.  In order to plan we ask that you reserve a place for dinner by contacting Ernie Demuth – ernie@bmfci.ca

Membership renewals are due for 2015

Please get your renewals in.  We need your support in order for BAFIA to continue promoting our local forest industry.  Click here for application form.

Forestry Day 2016!!

BAFIA is excited to announce Forestry Day will be held at Joy Bible Camp near Bancroft on Thursday May 26th, 2016.

Forestry Day is a great event in where the local forest industry take grade 7 and 8 students on a field day to learn how forest management and sustainable harvest methods are performed in Ontario.  There will be many involved activities that will give the students an appreciation for the science and diversity of forest ecosystems and wildlife and the efforts by the forest industry to extract resources while protecting and sustaining these systems.  There will also be many examples of local forest products to give the students a connection to their use of forest products in everyday life.  Hopefully this day will garner an interest in Ontario Forests and forest management.

Check out a video produced about Forestry Day 2015 at O’Hara Mill Homestead and Downy Rapids by the Local Wood Initiative.

Check out a video produced by the Ontario Forestry Association documenting the event from 2012!

Beech Bark Disease (BBD)

Many in Ontario have heard of Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Long Horn Beetle.  Public awareness on these insects have been wide spread but many have not heard of Beech Bark Disease (BBD).  In the Bancroft and Haliburton areas this disease is destroying the beech population and unfortunately there will be a fraction of the beech left in 5 years.

There are 3 distinct phases of BBD:

-  The Advancing Front refers to stands which beech scale has recently colonized.  Larger, older trees support the building populations of beech scale.

-  The Killing Front is characterized by high populations of beech scale insects, Neonectria attacks, developing cankers and heavy tree mortality.

-  The Aftermath Forest, where disease has passed through and remains endemic.  Large remnant trees will continue to decline and younger trees will become infected, disfigured and gradually decline.

In the Bancroft Minden Forest many areas are undergoing the Killing front with Aftermath forests starting to show with heavy understories of beech taking hold, which are highly at risk of forming thickets.  Based on experience elsewhere, these thickets are not expected to grow beyond the polewood stage (10 to 24 cm diameter at breast height) and will become disfigured and stagnate.  Beech thickets impede the establishment and growth of forest plants including other tree species decreasing the overall diversity of the forest.

This disease has created a challenge for forest managers throughout the Maritimes, Quebec and the North-east states.  In this area we work hard to try and utilize the material before it becomes un-merchantable but also work with forest practitioners and the science community to discover ways in eliminating possible beech thickets in order to support diversity on the landscape and ensure a healthy future forest.

For more information on BBD and what it looks like go here – http://localwood.harvesthastings.ca/sustainability/multimedia/2016/03/workshop-beech-bark-disease

How to identify, prevent and control oak wilt.

Oak wilt disease has not yet been found in Ontario and Quebec yet but the risk is great and forest owners should be on the look out for it. Oak wilt is an aggressive disease that affects many species of oak (Quercus spp). It is one of the most serious diseases in the Eastern United States killing thousands of oaks each year in forests, woodlots and home landscapes. It can be spread by beetles carrying the fungus spores to healthy trees or through the roots systems.

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BAFIA Wins Education Award at the Forest Ontario Conference – February 20th, 2015

Susan Wiecek Forestry Education Award

The 2015 recipient is Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association (BAFIA). BAFIA’s primary goals are to raise the awareness about the importance of sustainable forestry and best practices to ensure healthy forests and promote the long term sustainability and vitality of the forest industry in the Bancroft area. BAFIA has taken the initiative over the past 3 years to reach out into the local community to educate youth of the value of the forest industry to their community through their Forestry Day program. Beyond this BAFIA has also been working to produce their own Local Wood Initiative to highlight locally grown wood. BAFIA is an excellent example of community-driven programs that connect communities to the local forests.

Local Wood Initiative – Update

Local Wood Initiative is all about People, Forests and Homes, and how they fit together. It is about ways we can cut greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy. The project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Local Wood website - your guide to locally grown wood and wood products in North Hastings, Central Hastings, the City of Quinte West and the City of Belleville. You can find everything related to wood – from the people who work in our forests and sawmills, to those who build houses with wood, make maple syrup and  furniture, musical instruments, canoes and paddles. You can find high quality wood and wood products in Hasting County and skilled craftsmen and forest workers to meet your specific needs.

Rural Property Owner Visits - our professionals can visit your property (at no charge), go through a complete checklist, and give advice on woodlot and farmland management; how to save energy and moneyin your home; and how to use renewable sources of energy. We can help.

About the Local Wood Initiative - the program educates students of all ages about the fundamental value of trees and forests and actions that have an impact are managing our forests sustainably; planting trees; using local wood; and burning firewood efficiently in well-insulated houses.

Harvest Hastings website – your guide to where to find local food – and other products from the land – and meet the people who produce them.

Membership renewals are due for 2015

Please get your renewals in.  We need your support in order for BAFIA to continue promoting our local forest industry.  Click here for application form.