Forests and Wildlife
Canada's most important natural resource is its forests which provide timber, pulpwood, wildlife habitat and a wealth of recreational opportunities. But the forests are not limitless and all Canadians must share a renewed commitment to their wise use and management.
Within the conservation movement, sustainable forestry means forest practices that ensure that the structure, function and composition of the forest are maintained in perpetuity. It also entails the equitable distribution of forest resource benefits, and the opportunity for the public to be involved in a meaningful way. After all, the forests of Ontario are ours—88% of forested land is Crown land, held for the people of Ontario in trust by the provincial government.
You can read our 2002 publication on the State of Ontario’s forests online at:
If you are interested in joining the volunteer Forests Team please contact chair Emma Cane, at (emmac<at>sierraclub.ca).
By: Carolyn McDonald
On Tuesday October 22, Sierra Club Ontario, Sierra Club Peel Region Group and Credit Valley Conservation hosted a tree planting at Erindale Park, Mississauga. This event concludes Sierra Club Ontario’s tree planting for the season. We had a turnout of 11 volunteers and we managed to plant 143 trees, making our Grand Total 925 trees this year! The club joined with Credit Valley Conservation for four tree planting events this year, which took place in Streetsville Memorial Park, Meadowvale Conservation Area, Birchwood Park and finally Erindale Park.... Read more »
I'm happy to report that my summer has so far been an ectothermally-successful one. We took a trip to Algonquin Park and, to quickly breeze past the bad, somewhere along the way I got out to run back and save a medium-sized turtle in the middle of the road... only to find it had been cracked. Sad, indeed, but when we eventually got out on the hiking trail in Algonquin, 10 minutes in we came across an enormous snapper just happily minding his or her own business in the middle of the path. I'm no mind reader, but I'm pretty sure the turtle would have said to me, “Mosquito cloud above head and spider web across face be damned, I'm a happy camper.”... Read more »
They dart in front of our cars as they cross the road (sometimes unsuccessfully). They taunt our pets as they climb just out of their reach. Every spring, gardens and lawns everywhere are at their mercy as they search for stored acorns from the previous fall.
It is easy to forget that the Sciurus carolinensis is a wild animal and not just an animated lawn ornament. With their abundant populations in Ontario, it almost seems like every tree in every forest, park and yard has a grey squirrel occupying it. Their comical behaviour as they show off their acrobatic abilities makes for some entertaining wildlife. However, remember that these urbanized critters deserve their space just as much as any wild animal.
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It was both surprising and un-surprising to be heckled last week during LEAF's tree-planting demo at Eglinton Park... and not just once. However, the voice that stood out the most was the girl who launched a snarky “TREEHUGGERS!” from the passenger seat as they rumbled west through the intersection at Eglinton & Oriole Parkway. We all shrugged it off as quickly as it happened, but I'm sure everyone felt the same twinge of concern that enhancing a public space was a mockable offense in 2013 Toronto.
In the last session of the Tree Tenders1 course, we learned that our megacity is currently around 20% tree coverage, and the goal is 35%. Good luck - with every development site turning “surplus land” and people's backyards into condos, where's the space for trees going to come from? Oh, it's there in the form of sidewalk trees that live for a decade. Yes.... Read more »
This summer we have put together a few "walks and talks" around Mississauga and Toronto. These walks are free, and are guided by naturalists and professionals that provide a chance to get outdoors and learn something new about the natural areas within our communities. We hope you can join us for some of these events. Please feel free to share with those you think might be interested in attending!
Please email <email@example.com> if you want to RSVP, or if you have any questions.
June 13 (Thurs, 7-8 pm) -- Natural Capital walk & talk at Rattray Marsh. Discover this Lake Ontario marsh via board-walk with guest speaker Bob Morris, Manager of Natural Heritage at Credit Valley Conservation... Read more »
By: Sarah Pollock
Like many of us, you may agree that this winter in particular seemed like it would never end. It felt as if the cold and snow were here to stay, and that spring was more than just around the corner. It wasn’t until a month ago that I realized how much it had affected me. While heading out for my first run of the season I felt a sense of freedom and a buzz in the air. The warm weather, the sunshine, and the end of a long hibernation period have allowed me to be finally immersed back in nature. ... Read more »
By: Julia Kole
“Canadian geese or Canada geese? Year-round residents! Noisy, mean, green-pooping machines! ”
Even though the Branta Canadensis has “Canada” in its name, very few Canadians are proud to lay claim to this vocal, abundant, messy bird. Although rather striking to look at, people are quick to consider these birds just a pretty face. People in urban, suburban and rural areas have all come to label Canada geese - not Canadian geese, they cannot have sole citizenship since they can be found from the Arctic Circle to Northern Mexico- as pests, hazards and at times, aggressive animals.
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Natural capital refers to stock of natural resources and environmental assets and how they contribute to building healthy communities. The Natural Capital perspective tries to quantify the wide range of benefits that are provided by these natural resources and environmental assets for free.
Thanks to recent support from Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund we are expanding the NCC by doing walks & talks and natural area restoration projects starting in April 2013. If you are interested in volunteering or attending these events contact Kristina at 647-346-8744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click to open the pdf below and learn more about specific Mississauga examples of natural capital.
By Julia Kole
Sneaky suburban invader? Pesky predator? Mangy mutt? Wile E. Coyote?
Are any of these the taglines that come to mind when you think of the Canis latrans? Many people are familiar with this clever wild canine; however, there are many misconceptions out there that give these creatures a bad name. I hope that this small article will help bring coyotes out of the shifty shadows of misunderstanding and into the light of respect.
The Fast Facts:
Size: length, 120-150 cm; tail, 40 cm; height, 50-66 cm
Weight: 9-18 kg
Lifespan: up to 14 years... Read more »
Have you heard a loon call? If you haven't, you should. It is an eerie, spectral sound. Now you can find it and almost 150,000 other animal calls collected in one place online.
According to Wikipedia: Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is a set of steps designed to use market and financial incentives in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from ... Read more »
By Jeff Alan
Word on the internet is, they have named some ferns after Lady Gaga1. That's great and all, since they've also named proteins after Sonic the Hedgehog2 and Pikachu3, but let's stay serious. For someone who supports so many social causes, she doesn't seem to put much thought towards the biggest one.... Read more »
By: Denna Berg / Photo: Utne.com
“For farmers today, it’s all about getting the most acre of corn while using as little inputs as possible”
-- Monsanto (2012)
Well lucky for farmers, Monsanto has concocted this magical corn seed which allows corn farmers to easily control natural variables and increase the amount of corn available to harvest. Whether you need a corn variety that can survive droughts and insects or can produce high ethanol yields, Monsanto’s super genius researchers can find a way to “unlock the yield potential” of the seeds (Monsanto, 2010)!
Or is it...... Read more »
Toronto, October 2, 2012 – Ontario is blind to the impact forestry is having on wildlife species across the province says Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller today in the release of Part 2 of his 2011/2012 Annual Report, Losing Our Touch. Despite a legal requirement to do so, Miller says the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) does not adequately monitor forest wildlife populations and incorporate the information into its own forest management policies.
When a class environmental assessment eighteen years ago authorized MNR to proceed with planning for timber harvesting and related activities, it also imposed legally binding terms and conditions. One requirement was the establishment of a province-wide monitoring program that would assess how timber harvesting affects forest-dwelling species.... Read more »
Media release from Environment Canada