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Eastern Ontario Model Forest!
The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) works with landowners, industry, First Nations, non-government organizations, various levels of government, and others to develop new ways to sustain and manage our forest resources. The EOMF champions the belief that we all have a stake in ensuring that the environmental, economic, cultural and social values of eastern Ontario's forests are maintained for the benefit of all, now and in the future. The EOMF is a not-for-profit and charitable organization.
Latest EOMF News
30th Annual Kemptville Woodlot Conference on Feb 22, 2017
The Times They are a-Changin’: Celebrating 30 Years of the Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference
Registration is now open for the 30th Annual Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference to be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the North Grenville Municipal Complex!
Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference. We’ll journey through time in exploring how our forests and their management have changed over the past three decades, and, likewise, consider what’s on the horizon for our forests.
This year’s keynote speaker is Peter Kimbell, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada. Peter has been a meteorologist with Environment Canada for close to 30 years. He has experience in forecasting for marine and aviation clients, the military, and the general public. Currently Peter is on assignment as the Manager of the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre in Toronto. The title of his presentation is… Weather Patterns in Ontario: A Look Back and a Peek Ahead
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First Nations Workshop Press Release
First Nation’s workshops offers cultural training for Forest Managers
The Eastern Ontario First Nation Working Group recently held three workshops throughout eastern Ontario. The Group includes representatives from Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Plenty Canada, South Nation Conservation (SNC), Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, United Counties of Prescott and Russell and the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF).
The workshops were open to private woodlot owners, municipal and conservation authority staff, the general public and Forest Managers working within the EOMF Forest Certification Program. The EOMF manages the Forest Certification Program under the principles of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). This program extends across eastern and southern Ontario and includes private forest owners, community forests and urban forests, totalling more than 83,000 hectares. The FSC® is an international, membership-based, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.
The workshops provided an opportunity for participants to chat with and learn from local First Nation's community members. The topics covered included canoe, basket, and lacrosse stick making, medicine plants, traditional foods, aboriginal engagement and an overview of FSC® Principle 3 - Indigenous Peoples' Rights.
"Offering the workshop in three communities throughout eastern Ontario, provided a good opportunity to reach a broader audience", said Chris Craig, SNC Forest Technician and event coordinator. The workshops were offered in Lanark on August 25th, Casselman on September 23rd and Finch on October 20th and attracted fifty six participants.
The participants were treated to a traditional meal that was both delicious and plentiful and included moose, deer, and wild rice dishes. Each session began and closed with an Algonquin and Mohawk traditional address. "The traditional opening and closing address is a cultural lessen in itself, very inspiring", noted Jim Hendry, EOMF Certification Coordinator.
Many thanks to Chris, Henry Lickers and Larry McDermott for all their efforts in organizing and delivering these workshops and to the community members for providing a great learning experience!
2016 Annual Christmas Forest Seminar – “Forest Education: Reaching Outside our Traditional Audiences”
Registration is now open! Hosted in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Model Forest and the Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry this year’s annual Christmas Forest Seminar this year’s program focuses on education in the forest sector.
Registration in advance is required by December 9, 2016. The registration fee is $35 and includes morning refreshments and lunch. You can register online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF's website “One-Time Payment” window or by calling 613-258-6587.
Date: December 14, 2016. Location: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville, ON (beside the Ferguson Forest Centre). Time: 08:30 am to 1:30 pm.
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EOMF 2015 Annual Report
The EOMF 2015 Annual Report is now online and describes our achievements and accomplishments from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
Eastern Ontario Model Forest 24th Annual General Meeting - June 15, 2016
Registration is now open for the 24th EOMF Annual General Meeting. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Jeff Ridal, Executive Director, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences who will speak on “Protecting the St. Lawrence River Ecosystem and Empowering Communities through Research, Education and Outreach”.
The event is being held on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at the Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre located at 1175 Limerick Rd., Oxford Station, ON from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. 2016_EOMF_Annual_General_Meeting_Agenda.pdf
Advance registration of $30 (includes HST) is required by June 10, 2016. Your registration includes refreshments and lunch. You can register and pay online or by calling 613-258-6587. Payments can be made by PayPal, Visa or MasterCard.