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

The Evoloution of Waterbombing

In the summer of 1921, during a routine flight in the Sioux Lookout District of Ontario, Lieut. R. N. “Reg” Johnston spotted a forest fire on an island. He returned to base and picked up a ranger with the necessary fire-fighting tools. The fire was then extinquished before it got out of control. This appears … Read more

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

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

Common Shrub Species – Northwestern Ontario Forest

Table of Contents Acer spicatum – Mountain Maple – “White Maple” Alnus crispa – Green Alder Alnus rugosa – Speckled Alder Amelanchier bartramiana – Mountain Juneberry Amelanchier humilis – Shadbush Amelanchier sanguinea Saskatoon – “Red-twigged Serviceberry, Juneberry” Andromeda glaucophylla – Bog Rosemary Arctostaphylos uva-ursi – Bearberry Chamaedaphne calyculata – Leatherleaf Chimaphila umbellata – Pipsissewa – … 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

Eastern Garter Snake

Distinguishing Features – Non-venomous. Overall colouration, light brown to black with two alternating rows of black spots. Three longitudinal stripes run length of body; dorsal stripe is usually yellow. Lateral stripes are cream to yellow and are located on the second and third scale rows. A row of black spots usually occurs below the lateral … Read more

Common Tree Species – Northwestern Ontario Forest

Table of Contents Abies balsamea – Balsam Fir Acer rubrum – Red Maple Betula papyrifera – Paper Birch Fraxinus nigra – Black Ash Larix laricina – Tamarack Picea glauca – White Spruce Picea mariana – Black Spruce Pinus banksiana – Jack Pine Pinus resinosa – Red Pine Pinus strobus – Eastern White Pine Populus balsamifera … Read more

Norway – Forests and Forestry

Forests and other wooded land cover approximately 37 per cent, or 119,000 km2, of the Norwegian mainland. Of this, almost 23 per cent, or approximately 72,000 km2┬áis regarded as productive forest. The productive forest is distributed between 125,000 forest properties. About 79 per cent of the productive forest area is owned by private individuals. Norwegian … Read more