The Future Of Forest Protection

Forest preservation may sound outlying and irrelevant to everyday living, but its impact is closer to home than we think. How? Most of the essentials we consume and use daily, like food, shelter, clothing, fuel, medicines, and infrastructure, come from forests. Also, according to the World Economic Forum, about 1.6 billion people rely on forests … Read more

Camo Confusion: Clearing Up Misconceptions about Hunting Patterns for Guns

Camo patterns are essential to hunting, as they allow hunters to blend in with their surroundings and increase their chances of success. However, despite their importance, several things need to be clarified about camo patterns to avoid confusion and misunderstandings among hunters. One common misconception is that one camo pattern is best for all hunting … Read more

Northwestern Ontario Forest – Virtual Zoo: Common Mammal Species

Moose White-tailed Deer Caribou Gray Wolf “Timber Wolf” Coyote “Brush Wolf” Red Fox Bobcat Lynx Mountain Lion Black Bear Snowshoe Hare Raccoon Porcupine Beaver Northern River Otter Muskrat Pine Marten Fisher Ermine Mink Groundhog Striped Skunk Red Squirrel Least Chipmunk Deer Mouse Pygmy Shrew Southern Red-backed Vole Little Brown Bat

Forest Management in Scandinavia

Sustainability and long-term thinking have been key concepts in Scandinavian forestry long before sustainability became a buzz word for environmentalists and politicians around the world. Scandinavian foresters have been working towards sustainable forestry for more than 100 years, although, if we are to be strictly honest, for many years the focus was on trees and … Read more

Kayla Quinn – “Our Forests, Our Future”

Imagine a world with bright blue skies, a glowing sun full of hope, a sparkling waterfall flowing down a grand mountain, the greenest grass you ever saw, there are kids playing in the backyards, not a cloud in sight or it could go the other way. Now imagine a world with murky, gray skies, smog … Read more

World’s Boreal Forests: Animal and Plant Species

Boreal forests throughout the world share many of the same species of animals and plants as Northwestern Ontario’s boreal region. flora. On the following pages we will look at the common and not-so-common flora and fauna found elsewhere in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia, Russia, Eurasia and Siberia.

Northwestern Ontario Forestry Facts

Northwestern Ontario’s vast forests have spawned an enormous regional enterprise based on wood. The region’s forest products are valued at more than $3 billion a year and the industry provides more than 15,000 jobs. The most valuable forest product by sales is wood pulp, produced by five mills (Weyerhauser in Dryden, Bowater in Thunder Bay, … Read more

Forest Tent Caterpillar – Malacosoma Disstria

Hosts Sugar maple, birch, oak, aspen and other deciduous. Evidence Shiny brown egg masses are present from July until early spring of the following year. They differ from those of eastern tent caterpillar in having square edges, and they completely encircle the twigs of host trees. Larvae, which are present in early spring, have distinctive … Read more

Shaggy Moss “Electrified Cat’s Tail Moss”

General – wide-spreading masses; dark- to bright-green or yellowish-green; up to 10 cm tall. Leaves – stem leaves egg- to heart-shaped, with a long tapered and pointed tip. Sporophytes – cylindrical, curved capsules, horizontal to hanging; stalks reddish-brown. Habitat On humus, mineral or organic soils, rotting logs and stumps; mostly in fresh to wet, moderately … Read more

Plume Moss “Knight’s Plume”

General – green to golden-green, 3 – 12 cm long; branches somewhat upright to drooping, symmetrical, feather, tapered; plumes ‘well-groomed’; forms decorative mats. Leaves – branch leaves pleated, egg-shaped, to 2 mm long, all curled towards branch below; stem leaves pleated, curled towards stem base. Sporophytes – stalk reddish, 2 – 4.5 cm long; capsule … Read more