WAM releases Wild Food industry report

The Woodlot Association of Manitoba (WAM) has released its report on wild food foraging and farming in Manitoba. The report is the result of consultations, research and analysis undertaken by the WAM in 2014/2015. Wild Food Foraging and Farming: Building a sustainable wild food industry in Manitoba presents a new way of looking at wooded […]

Woodland-based “crop” opportunities

By John Dietz, TOP CROP MANAGER A virtual cornucopia of wild edibles and non-timber products is ready to be harvested in  the woodlands and boreal forests of Western Canada. While native bush may be something you want to protect forever as a heritage site, or clear off entirely for pasture or grain production, it also […]

Assessing the validity of wild food production in Manitoba

By Jennifer Paige, Manitoba Co-operator Manitoba forests and wooded areas could be a cornucopia of wild edibles ranging from mushrooms to herbal teas, the Woodlot Association of Manitoba (WAM) says. It has been consulting with woodlot owners this spring about the potential for creating a sustainable woodland food industry. “We are trying to suggest to […]

Bark beetles are killing forests — but they might be saving them, too

By Maddie Oatman, Mother Jones There is an eerie feel to this grove of lodgepole pines that I can’t quite put my finger on as entomologist Diana Six tromps ahead of me, hatchet in hand, scanning the southwestern Montana woods for her target. But as she digs the blade into a towering trunk, it finally […]

Woodland foods project identifies need for community cooperatives

By Sheilla Jones Developing a viable wild foods business in southern Manitoba will depend on addressing the gap between producers and consumers, according to producers who are currently harvesting wild foods. “The message from producers is plain,” said Mike James, Woodland Farm Foods researcher and expert in non-timber forest products. “People are not interested in […]

Muddy forests, shorter winters challenge loggers

Stable, frozen ground has long been recognized a logger’s friend, capable of supporting equipment and trucks in marshy or soggy forests. Now, a comprehensive look at weather from 1948 onward shows that the logger’s friend is melting. The study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, published in the current issue of the Journal of […]

Harvest ends two-year storm damage saga

Harvest contractor Eberly Forestry used a John Deere grapple skidder to pull full-length trees to a landing during the September 2014 clean-up of storm damage in 2012 on Bob Austman’s woodlot near Piney. Some of the better sawlogs harvested were 15 inches or more at the base, with no rot or decay. Sixteen cords of […]

Harvesting wooded lands for food

By Sheilla Jones Manitoba’s wooded lands have the potential for a bountiful harvest—not just of wood—but of food, and that’s what WAM’s Woodland Farm Food Project is studying. The new project, with funding from the Growing Visions program of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD), will examine the viability of growing and harvesting wild […]

Sawmills scrambling for wood supply

By Sheilla Jones Sawmills and pulp operations in Canada are scrambling to get enough wood to meet their needs. The wood is there, but the capacity to get it harvested and to the mills is not. “Everybody is short of wood these days,” said Dale Munro, woodlands manager for Prendiville Industries in Kenora. “There’s not […]

Revisit 2014 Biomass Workshop

At the 2014 Biomass Workshop in Arborg, Manitoba, expert panels discussed biomass applications and market opportunities, while presenters shared their experiences in the production or use of biomass for heating. Anyone who missed the workshop on March 5, 2014 or wants to revisit the presentations can now do so on-line, courtesy of Manitoba Agriculture, Food […]