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Eastern Ontario Model Forest!
As one of 15 model forests in the Canadian Model Forest Network, the Eastern Ontario Model Forest works with government, landowners, industry, First Nations, non-government organizations 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
Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Achieves Forest Stewardship Council Certification
Through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s (EOMF) Forest Certification Program the forests owned and managed by the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) has recently achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification.
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.
Wade Knight, General Manager of the EOMF outlined the importance of the certification. “Sustainable forest management is about good management practices and healthy and involved communities. Forest certification is a tool that uses a sound economic model to foster responsible forest management. It provides a balance of values ranging from timber production, recreational opportunities such as hiking and hunting, to nature appreciation for local residents. The certification of SVCA’s forests will complement a growing network of certified forests forming across the landscape of southern Ontario under the EOMF’s Forest Certification Program.”
2014 Annual Christmas Forest Seminar – December 11, 2014
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 will focus on "Forests and Forestry" from a national perspective down to the regional level. 2014 EOMF/CIF Xmas Seminar
Registration in advance is required by December 5, 2014. The registration fee is $35 and includes morning refreshments and lunch. You can register and online and pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal at the EOMF "One Time Payment" window or by calling 613-258-6587. Date: December 11, 2014. Location: Leslie Hall, 35 Clothier Street W., Kemptville, ON. Time: 08:30 am to 1:30 pm.
We would like to acknowledge the financial support received for this event from the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation.
New Forest Certification Working Group Launched in Southwestern Ontario
With the continued expansion of its Forest Certification Program into southwestern Ontario the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) recently launched a Southwestern Ontario Certification Working Group. The new group will work in parallel with the original certification working group established in eastern Ontario in 1999 when the EOMF Forest Certification Program was first initiated.
Photo: Inaugural meeting of the Southwestern Ontario Certification Working Group – September 23, 2014, Orangeville, ON.
The certification working groups will continue to investigate, manage and guide certification of private land and community forests under the umbrella of the EOMF's Forest Certification Program. Membership in the working group includes EOMF staff and board members, representatives for private landowner groups, forest industry, community forests, and forest managers participating in the program and other resource specialists.
Moving Forword… EOMF Annual Report 2013-2014
The 2013-2014 annual report of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) is now available. The report describes our achievements and accomplishments from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Annual_Report_2013-2014.pdf
2014 Ross Silversides Forestry Award & Heartwood Award Recipients Announced
On June 26, 2014 the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) was pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Ross Siversides Forestry Award recognizing individuals for their outstanding contribution to sustainable forestry, and the Heartwood Award presented to an individual or group who has made an exceptional volunteer contribution to the EOMF.
Laird Nelson (right) recipient of the 2014 Ross Silversides Award and Dorothy Hamilton (left) recipient of the 2014 Heartwood Award.