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1 A Company of People Building their own Future Application Techniques Using GPS To Minimize Herbicide Volumes Northwatch - Timmins December 4, 2006 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION

2 Its What We Do! Grow New Forests Plant 20 Million Conifer Seedlings Maintain Wildlife Forest Units Protect The Forest Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

3 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Forest Stewardship Council Certification (FSC) Promote the development and adoption of non- chemical methods of pest management… if chemicals are used, proper equipment and training shall be provided to minimize health and environmental risks

4 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Why Use Herbicide? Transfer of on-site soil nutrients, moisture and sunlight to young conifer seedlings to improve survival and growth Safe and effective

5 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Why Aerial Application? Safety –public & employee –environment Productivity –remote sites –short biological window

6 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION GPS in the Boreal Forest! Global Positioning System (GPS) 24 Satellites 24 hrs per day in any weather Locating positions, tracking, GIS compatible

7 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION GPS – Harvesting 2000 Block Boundaries Wildlife Tree Implementation Spacing Overlay skidding Record of Depletion

8 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION GPS – AgNAV & FRP 2001 Forest Research Partnership (FRP) Dean Thompson AgNAV Inc. Program Management Project.shp files

9 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION GPS - Aerial Seeding 2002 AgNAV & General Airspray Ltd. Buffer off suitable seed source Save on Seed Over-run Pilot Training

10 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION GPS - Aerial Spray 2003 All Tembec Operations employ Aircraft with AgNAV Moving map display &.shp files X-Tracking Project Blocks

11 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION GPS – Mulching 2004 Mixed Wood Management Green Striping Engineer Swath Width for desired Seedlings Per Hectare Mulch Bed

12 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Judicious Use Of Herbicide Floating vs. Physical Boundaries Site Specific Exclusions Even X–Tracking AOC Boundaries

13 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Ericaceous Sites Improved imagery Site specific treatment area Low lying ericaceous species Hardwood stands

14 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Moving Forward Reduce amount of herbicide through R&D, improved technology and developing science Auto Booms Spray Safe Manager Block #18 Romeo

15 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Moving Forward cont Brush Busters Poplar Cuttings Stock Standards Tree Nursery IPM NEBIE eFRI Benchmarking

16 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Monitoring Effects of herbicide spraying on amphibian larvae in a forest setting Silviculture Effectiveness Monitoring (SEM) MOE Pilot Project

17 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Conclusion Science and Field Based Decisions Forestry Research Partnership Growing Forests for the People of Ontario! Jeff Leach Tembec FRM Ontario

18 THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION Herbicide Websites – Information Forest Management Database Aerial Application Forestry Herbicides Pesticides Act Pesticide Education, Training & Certification Forestry Research Partnership Pesticide Product Information System Herbicide Alternatives

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