“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”. – Warren Buffet

Leaves are top of mind this time of year, probably more so than any other season. The leaves dramatically change colour, fall, and blanket our lawns, backyards, and the escarpment. From the first unfurled blades in spring to the splashes of colours revealed in fall, a leaf is a memento of the fleeting year. In conservation many of our best efforts throughout the year are focused on preserving and cultivating the environment for the benefit of trees, and us. Leaves are the very mechanism that give us the air that we breath. It’s vitally important that we protect the plentiful trees in our watershed not only for their beauty throughout the year, but also for the health of the community.
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In this issue, Leaf, we’ll think about trees and leaves in new ways. We’ll read how climate change is potentially the cause behind droughts, and how droughts can affect the fall colour season. We’re sawing into the misconception that cutting down trees is ‘bad’ for the environment. And then we will shrink down and uncover the critters crawling under the piles of leaves accumulating at the end of your driveway. Speaking of small creatures, we’ll also focus on one tiny menace that is decimating ash trees at an alarming rate: the Emerald Ash Borer.
Afterwards, after a stern look under peeled back bark, we’ll soar over the Escarpment guided by a First Nation’s perspective. Once we’re at the Escarpment, we’ll visit the Forest Festival in Rattlesnake Point. Lastly, we’ll refrain from the offer of hemlock and learn about the ghoulish end of those who’ve sampled a bite.
Hopefully the Leaf issue will make you think. It will make you think about a common misconception about an important forestry practice. It will make you think about the small signals nature is sending us about global warming. It will make you think about invasive species and its impact on our forests. Trees and fresh air are abundant now, but we could lose that bounty in the future unless we keep talking about it.


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A Pale Imitation

One of the joys of living in Southwestern Ontario is the multi-coloured festival nature throws every year: Autumn, and the resulting brilliant fall colours on...

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Issue 3NatureNature Issue 3Sustainability


Snip Snip: Why We Cut Down Trees

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ConservationIssue 3NatureNature Issue 3


What Lives in the Leaves

I have many memories of growing up in Burlington in autumn. My family had five individual trees in a twenty meter radius from our house and each fall I can...

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Issue 3NatureNature Issue 3Species


Mean and Green: The Emerald Ash Borer

What’s small, green, flies and is less than an inch long? Not sure? It’s beautiful to look at, but it has a devastating impact on the ash trees around...

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CommunityCommunity issue 3EducationIssue 3


The Land That Reaches The Sky

As leaves tell us the story of the year in the changing seasons– from vivid greens at the beginning, to splashy reds and oranges at apex, and finally the...

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Dead Man’s Fingers

Connecting Kids with Nature: The Forest Festival

Letters to The Editor


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