On June 16, Northwatch's Forest Project hosted a very successful Symposium on Herbicide Use in Forest Management with 13 presenters and over 100 participants. Feedback has been very positive, although there has also been a sense of both "too much" and "not enough" with many participants indicating in their workshop feedback that they would like to hear more about the environmental effects of herbicide application, and more about current research.
Based on that feedback, we developed a
followup program to continue the discussion about the use of herbicides
in forest management. In addition to the Citizens Guide and a local workshop
which will both become available in 2007, the Forest Project hosted
three presentations the fall of 2006, each using a different presentation
Monday, November 20, 7 pm
Dr. Dean Thompson presented on the potential effects of glyphosate based herbicides on amphibians. The presentation will be made on a tele-conference.
"The Impact of Insecticides and Herbicides on the Biodiversity and Productivity of Aquatic Communities" by Dr. Dean Thompson et al, Published as a Letter to the Editor, Ecological Applications, 16(5), 2006, pp. 2022–2027 by the Ecological Society of America (pdf)
Monday, November 27, 2 pm
Dr. Azim Malik presented on the experimental findings on glyphosate effects on blueberry yield. The presentation will be a video-conference, using Contact Nord locations in Wawa, North Bay, Timmins and Thunder Bay
Monday, December 4, 7 pm
Jeff Leach, Silviculture Specialist with Tembec, presented on herbicide application techniques and new methods for minimizing herbicide volume. The presentation will be a web-conference, with an on-line presentation and audio hook-up by telephone.
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