Tree huggers, unite.
The province, through legislation introduced today, will create a provincial heritage tree program to recognize and protect trees that have environmental, cultural, social and historic importance.
The province says the first-in-Canada legislation, amendments to the Forest Health Protection Act, will bring additional protection measures for designated heritage trees on Crown land to prevent their removal for reasons other than health or safety.
“All trees are an important part of our communities, but some are exceptional and irreplaceable, and deserve stronger protection,” Mackintosh, adding the program will run in partnership with the Manitoba Forestry Association.
The forestry association has run its own heritage tree-designation program for several years.
Rivers West—Red River Corridor Inc., which promotes the Red River from Emerson to Lake Winnipeg, also supports the provincial program.
The province will also develop online and plaque programs for designated trees. It will also seek private sponsor funding opportunities.
All potentially significant trees could be considered for nomination. The designation process would also consider any landowner concerns before a tree receives heritage tree status, the province says.
The Association for Canadian Educational Resources, Carolinian Canada and the Ontario Urban Forest Council
are bringing together student’s ENGO’s, and scientists to discuss and plan climate change adaptations.
This is a unique, inexpensive conference and another opportunity to network and share the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Urban Forest Council. ACER has also hit a milestone of 25 years. Do not miss this opportunity and we are doing another commemorative planting at the Humber College Arboretum.
Regards Jack Radecki
Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 9:30 am to 6:30 pm | Sharing Data and Experiences
- Students share success and challenges of planting and monitoring (10yr) impacts on species biodiversity with scientists. If you are a school and are interested in attending, please visit the schools registration page for more details. We have funds for transportation.
- Forest plot staff share monitoring with scientists (1997 to 2012)
- Walking tour ACER programs
- Rubber Boot Reception /ACER AGM
- OUFC Celebration Tree Planting 5:30 pm
Thursday Eve, May 23, 2013 – 7 pm | Birthday Celebration 50, 29, 25 years hosted by OUFC
- Intros, music, bar, hors oeuvres, awards, displays, networking
- Conservation awards
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 9:30 am to 3:30 pm | How Can we Adapt to Change?
Community Panel – Sharing Findings and Issues
- Carolinian Canada AGM
- Posters, walking tours
Science Panel – Sharing Future and Issues
- Mini-round tables – Communities and scientists work together to address these issues and plan practical solutions
The Ontario Urban Forest Council have planned a special Conference in Toronto to mark our 50th Anniversary.
Fostering Sustainable Behaviours, Fostering Urban Forests
How do we as urban forest advocates change community behaviours for the better on an individual basis that is actionable and sustainable?
By using social psychology to first identify the “root” behaviours and barriers to change and then developing community wide strategies and techniques to incent and elicit true behavioural change. This full day presentation will show how this methodology can be applied specifically to urban forest needs while also profiling the successful results it has already achieved in fostering community wide recycling, waste reduction, pollution prevention, energy and water efficiency, transportation, watershed protection, and soil conservation.
We would be hard pressed today to find anyone who doesn’t give at least lip service support to environmental concerns and issues of sustainability. Everyone it seems is for fresh air, clean water, and more trees in an urban context. But how many people (residents, communities, decision makers etc) care or are motivated enough to actually change their own behavior to support these interests? All too often it’s a case of NIBYism: “I support urban forests, with the exception of the tree in my yard that needs to be cut down.”
Our featured speaker Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr has been working to incorporate scientific knowledge on behavior change into the design and delivery of community programs for over two decades. He is the founder of community-based social marketing, and his book, “Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An introduction to Community Based Social Marketing,” has become requisite reading for those who deliver programs to promote sustainable behavior. He has delivered workshops internationally for over 40,000 environmental program managers.
Dr. McKenzie-Mohr has worked internationally with a diverse array of governmental and non-governmental agencies, assisting them in identifying the barriers to behavior change and in developing community based social marketing initiatives to overcome these barriers.
Read more at Dr. Mohr’s website “Fostering Sustainable Behaviour” http://www.cbsm.com/public/world.lasso
ACER (Association of Canadian Educational Resources) - http://acer-acre.ca
Carolinan Canada Coalition- http://www.carolinian.org
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