Late-Breaking and Other News
News and announcements that are of interest to our readers.
INDEX .David Suzuki Nature Challenge
Ontario puts timber production ahead of forest protection
Miners take a third try at blasting their way into Mellon Lake
For the Birds
|David Suzuki Nature Challenge.|
To Whom it May Concern,
I hope you don't mind my contacting you, but I was wondering if Lambton Wildlife would be interested in David Suzuki's Nature Challenge. Specifically I was hoping to find out if you would be interested in helping to promote this important initiative of the David Suzuki Foundation.
The David Suzuki Foundation has researched the 10 most effective ways people can protect nature. The Challenge is to pick at least three of these actions and promise to do them over the next year. I think this Challenge would be a great fit for your organization, website and your members. I really hope we can work together to spread the word about this Challenge.
Each activity is remarkably simple, yet can make a substantial difference. Signing up is effortless, and the 10 steps are amazingly easy!
It's a way for individuals to help nature, without making harsh changes to their lifestyles. It's an educational initiative to show how small changes can make a difference, and how individuals acting together can make our world a better place
Would you consider any or all of the following:
-Mentioning the Nature Challenge in an upcoming e-mail or e-newsletter to your members with a link to the sign-up page (sample emails available on request);
Already, tens of thousands of Canadians are taking the Nature Challenge. With your help, even more people will get involved. I encourage you to tell your members about the Challenge and give them the opportunity to help protect nature and leave a clean, healthy world to future generations.
If you have any questions at all and for the buttons, graphics,etc., please contact me at any time. Thank you very much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.
* I can be reached directly at 780.484.6307- in Edmonton
|Ontario puts timber production ahead of forest protection.|
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has indicated that it is willing to accept the Ministry of Natural Resourceās plan to put timber production ahead of environmental protection in the management of public forests. MOE issued a declaration order late last Thursday that did little to change many of the major conditions proposed by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) for the renewal of Ontarioās master forestry rulebook the Class Environmental Assessment Approval (EA) of Timber Management.
We have less than 30 days to turn this situation around. We must send a tidal wave of responses to the Ontario Government stating opposition to plans to delete limits on the size of clearcuts, to forgo the development of a policy for road-free areas outside of parks and to eliminate public accountability for compliance with forest management rules. These changes represent a return to a dangerous and outdated ćtimber-firstä approach to management of public forests that Ontario has been moving away from for close to a decade.
It is urgent that you, your family, your friends and associates send messages opposing these changes and telling Premier Eves and Environment Minister Chris Stockwell to restore ecosystem-based forest management to our forestry rulebook.
We are asking you to immediately call and write the Minister, call and/or meet with your MPP and send in an official response to the MOEās order. You can find instructions and help for doing all of these things at www.forestsfortomorrow.org/fftaction.html
For more information, visit www.forestsfortomorrow.org.
The following was received from Federation of Ontario Naturalists / Wildlands League
Miners take a third try at blasting their way into Mellon Lake
No, it's not April Fool's Day, but Ontario's Aggregates Act and the situation it has led to at the Mellon Lake Conservation Reserve is definitely becoming a bad joke. Palu Corbelli Corp. has now filed a third application to blast gravel and granite out of this ecologically sensitive site near Kingston. Under the Aggregates Act, the company can reapply as many times as it likes.
Last summer, the Ministry of Natural Resources, over the protests of local residents, cottagers, conservation groups and citizens from across Ontario, told the company it could have a permit to mine half the area it had applied for. Palu Corbelli chose to walk away, refusing to meet the restrictions MNR wanted to impose on its operations.Now the company is back with an almost identical proposal to the one it submitted last time.
It's time Palu Corbelli was told to stop wasting taxpayer's money and citizen's time. Mining does not belong at Mellon Lake not now, not ever.
Help us send a clear message that Īno' means Īno'. Send a message today from www.wildlandsleague.org/mellonletter03.html
For the Birds
A couple of interesting species I worked with, chimney swifts and barn swallows, taught me quite a bit. These birds are quite different in every way compared to the others. Being insectivores, they require a special, varied diet. Their aerial maneuvering, acrobats, and fast turns can make you dizzy. After several laps around the house and yard, the swallows I cared for eventually hovered and took food straight from the tweezers in mid-air. A first for me as well as them.
Before breeding season arrives, clean out birdhouses, repair holes in garages, etc. and cover chimneys with caps you can purchase at most hardware stores. The chimney caps will not only prevent birds from nesting, but will also stop them from ending up in your fireplace or duct work during the winter. If you notice a nest being built where it isn't wanted such as an eaves trough, dryer or stove vent, discourage them by taking the material down .
During the breeding season as well as all year round, keep bird feeders and baths clean. Never add bleach to bath water, no matter how small an amount. Cleaning with anti-bacterial dish soap and rinsing well afterwards works great and isnāt harmful to the birds or the .
For The Birds is a registered charitable organization which issues tax receipts for $10 or more. Donations are definately needed to continue this year. Although raffle tickets will be sold in the near future, this will not be enough to sustain us.
We and our feathered friends thank you.
For The Birds,
This message was received February 12.
We are expecting a decision from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) this week on the Ministry of Natural Resourcesā seriously deficient application to renew its approval for forestry on publicly owned lands in Ontario. The proposal represents a serious setback in terms of ecologically sustainable forest management, including a plan to entrench timber production as the No. 1 objective for forest management and to avoid all future public reviews of forest management by granting an unlimited renewal of the approval. This means the public will have little or no say in how our forests will be managed.
We need you to call Environment Minister Chris Stockwell and tell him that environmental protection must not take a back seat to wood production in forest management. You can call the Ministerās office at 416-314-6790 and leave a message urging him to significantly revise MNRās proposal to put environmental protection first. Please ask your friends and family to also call the Minister this could be our last chance to get a message to the government that we must protect our forests.
For more information about the issues and whatās at stake, please visit www.forestsfortomorrow.org.
This message issued by CPAWS-Wildlands League.
The Wildlands League was founded in 1968 to protect wilderness in Ontario.