Monday, January 24, 2011

RMR: Bear Tagging

I just came accross this and can't resist sharing even though it is from March of 2009. It features some Muskokans who work in Algonquin Provincial Park- and Rick Mercer of course.
Funny and amazing!
Enjoy and stay warm this week!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Light Pollution: bad for our health and pocketbooks

An excerpt from an article that was published in the Huntsville Forester on January 5th:
We're only a few weeks past the winter solstice, and daylight is still in short supply.At this darkest time of the year it seems appropriate to stop and contemplate the night and what it means to humans and nature....


  1. Muskoka Heritage Foundation brochure: "Help Preserve Our Night Sky"
  2. Muskoka Watershed Council technical bulletin: "Dark Sky Lighting"
photos above are from IDA website

Monday, January 10, 2011

Canada's Interests in the Arctic

Upcoming presentation – Canada’s interests in the Arctic

The talk will focus on the Law of the Sea Projects in the Arctic and Eastern Canada, which is gathering solid scientific data to support Canada’s claim to the extended continental shelf in the Arctic. This data will be forwarded to the United Nations by December 2013 – will determine how far Canada’s continental shelf extends in the seabed under the melting ice.

WHO: Julian Goodyear, director of the Law of the Sea Projects for Fisheries and Oceans Canada
WHEN: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Nipissing University Muskoka Campus, Bracebridge

Reservations not necessary – first come, first serve.

No charge for event.
For more information call Arlie Freer at 645-4585

Do some reading before you go:

Canada's Arctic Foreign Policy Statement
or the full version here

For a different viewpoint try this article

There are also lots of books on this topic, including Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011: International Year of Forests

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

Their website is a platform on which to celebrate the actions people take to sustainable manage the world’s forests.

Muskoka has beautiful forests- and some shining examples of sustainable management. In 2011, the blog will write often about sustainable forestry. Check back often!

What techniques are you using on your property to manage your forest or woodlot sustainably?