Recent research co-authored by our Trent University collaborator, Dr. Shaun Watmaugh and led by his M.Sc. student, Holly Deighton**, has definitively
Norm’s Notes: The first evidence is in, wood ash works!
FMW’s approach to protecting Muskoka watersheds is to work with the local and scientific communities to identify, develop and foster solutions to the
Wood ash. What is “solubility”?
Wood ash is not particularly soluble in water, but it’s not quite that simple. Solubility in water is simply a measure of how much of a solid can
Wood ash. Acidic? Alkaline? A quick lesson in pH values and what they mean
Wood ashes are very alkaline, with pH levels of around 9 to 11. But what is pH and what pH is too acid or too alkaline to safely handle or for
From forest to lakes: how does calcium make its way into our waters?
Our lakes get calcium (Ca) naturally from the air and from surrounding lands, and on occasion, from us. Ca enters lakes directly from the atmosphere,
Why are we utilizing sugar bushes for our calcium research?
Why do they want us there? What do they hope to gain? We are beginning our restoration work in three sugar bushes. These are perfect “test sites”
What are ASHMuskoka’s objectives and plans?
ASHMuskoka is a three-year project of the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Its three main objectives are:
What’s up with wood ash as the local solution to the calcium decline problem?
In Muskoka, we generate 100s of tonnes of ashes in our wood stoves and fireplaces every heating season. The ashes left over are a waste product, but
Why won’t the calcium decline problem fix itself, now that the rain is less acidic?
The problem won’t fix itself in the near term, even though the era of acid rain is largely behind us. Our soils lost a lot of calcium (Ca) during the
What is the calcium decline problem and what caused it?