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YOUTH COUNCIL: CAMPING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

Ontario Nature's Youth Council kicked off the New Year with a Leadership Retreat on the first weekend in February. Twenty-three Council members gathered at Camp Kawartha in Lakefield to plan their 2014 events and enjoy outdoor winter activities. They also chose a theme for this year's Youth Summit, and developed a pollinator conservation campaign.

To learn more about how you can support the Ontario Nature Youth Council or the Nature Guardians program, contact Sarah Hedges!


GONE WITH THE WIND 

Last week the Ontario Divisional Court gave the green light for development of a wind energy project in Ostrander Point – a globally Important Bird Area and unique alvar habitat. This decision overturned the previous one made by the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal to stop the project because of its potential adverse impact on the local population of threatened Blanding’s turtle. The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists have led a strong campaign to protect Ostrander Point and Ontario Nature remains a strong proponent of renewable and green energy production, but believes we shouldn’t ignore the impacts to wildlife created by inappropriately sited projects.



IS FSC CERTIFICATION PROTECTING OUR FORESTS? 


 When Resolute Forest Products received a license to build a new sawmill in Thunder Bay, it promised to increase its network of protected areas. However, it has failed to establish a single new protected area in the forests that provide wood for the mill. They have also received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for those same forests. Last summer, Ontario Nature appealed to FSC, arguing that Resolute’s forest operations did not meet the high standards of the certification. FSC’s third party auditors agreed. They concluded that the company is not taking precautions to protect woodland caribou and has not met biodiversity goals within its network of protected areas.


 

GREEN LIVING SHOW 2014

Will you be in the Toronto area the last weekend in April? If so, join us at the Green Living Show! We would love to meet you in person and share our conservation successes. At our booth, you can meet our knowledgeable staff, see and hold endangered species, enter in a raffle to win an incredible prize, and pick up a copy of our award-winning magazine.
With exciting displays, critters and educational materials, our booth (#2803) will be a stop you don’t want to miss. See you there!


   


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Images: (turtle) Joe Crowley; (bee) Leslie Bol