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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, a not-for-profit, charitable organization, is proud to be a participant in the Forest Communities Program.
Latest EOMF News
Register Today for Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference on Feb 19!
Audience registration is now open for the 27th annual Kempvtille Winter Woodlot Conference to be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the W.B. George Centre on the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph.
This a must-attend educational and networking event for private woodlot owners, farmers with woodlots, as well as the commercial, service, government, and non-government organizations that want to reach them.
This year's theme is Evolving Issues & Insights for Woodlot Owners. It will feature informed speakers and exhibitors who will address some different perspectives and topical issues affecting Eastern Ontario's forests, and its stewards, while exploring some new opportunities to enhance income and diversity.
From our keynote presentation that highlights new medical findings on the health benefits of trees; to identifying hazards and using safe practices in the woodlot; to what kind of demand for local wood may be expected from a new pellet mill; to learning about ephermeral ponds; to top invasive pests and diseases in the news and how to protect your species; to growing culinary mushrooms for market; to a special wildlife feature - there is plenty to learn and update yourself on!
Long Point Region Conservation Authority joins the EOMF Forest Certification Program
Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) has recently achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification through the Forest Certification Program of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF). 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.
Scott Davis, Forest Certification Coordinator for the EOMF discussed the importance of the certification: "LPRCA has a very high use rate and is a forest that has many values – such values range from timber production and recreational enjoyment to hunting opportunities and nature appreciation for local residents. The LPRCA certification will hopefully lead to a network of certified forests forming on the landscape of southern Ontario. There is a positive movement towards certified forest products in that region and the EOMF has been working to assist LPRCA to achieve FSC certification."
Long Point Region Conservation Authority owns 11,000 acres of wetlands, natural heritage woodlands, managed plantations and natural forests that are managed by team of forestry professionals. The management goal is to promote and maintain healthy, diverse forest ecosystems, which will provide a sustainable yield of forest products, as well as, environmental, ecological, social and cultural benefits. The LPRCA forested area is regarded as a "working forest" where forest management activities occur along with hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and educational opportunities.
David Holmes, Forestry Manager for LPRCA, views the forest certification as an important tool to implement sustainable forest management. "Independent international standards are accountable and ensure credible forest management activities for the residents and visitors to our Conservation Authority. We felt it was important to demonstrate that LPRCA was being managed to a world class standard and could provide well managed FSC certified wood to local mills that might lead to marketing opportunities for these facilities that have been on our landscape for decades."
The recent LPRCA certification strengthens the network of certified forests in southern Ontario. The EOMF certificate also includes private landowners, community forests and urban forests totaling over 60,000 hectares.
New Chain of Custody Certification Funding Program Announced
The EOMF is pleased to announce a new project that will offer generous funding to the first three eligible forest-based businesses that want to take this opportunity to become Chain of Custody (CoC) certified. To help offset CoC certification preperation and assessment costs, three primary and/or secondary wood manufacturers located within Hastings County and South Algonquin can now take advantage of a new CoC Certification Funding Program.
For a limited time, the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF), in partnership with the Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin, will reimburse each of three companies most or all of its CoC certification costs - up to a maximum of $3,000.
Our goal is to make the whole certification process more accessible, easier to accomplish, and more affordable. A CoC label provides assurance to consumers that the wood used in a particular end product comes from forests that are sustainably managed to a set of established, third-party standards. The demand for certified products is on the rise in both domestic and export markets.
A key strategy for expanding both of these markets for Ontario wood in particular is to foster a greater supply and demand for 'locally-produced certified wood products' in the marketplace. This project better positions more Ontario companies to capitalize on these growing trends and opportunities - now and into the future.
Learning about the Peri-Urban Forest at the Christmas Seminar
By Dr. J. Peter Hall
The annual Christmas Forest Seminar, co-sponsored by the Eastern Ontario Model Forest and the Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry was held in Kemptville and attended by sixty EOMF and CIF members and the general public. Once again we feasted on all the Christmas foods and listened to presentations about the peri-urban forest.
After the traditional welcome from the Mohawk First Nations Community, the CIF and the Model Forest we heard about the peri-urban forest and its place in the forest science continuum from Ken Farr of the Canadian Forest Service. The term peri-urban forest was new to many of the audience and Ken was able to describe it for us and explain how the term evolved and how it is becoming more widely used in the forest community, nationally and internationally.
Following speakers then elaborated on the theme and gave us their unique perspectives. Dr. Renate Sander-Regier of the University of Ottawa described how modern civilizations have become estranged from forests and natural systems and the implications for social health and well-being. Dr. Andy Kenney then explained how these forests are managed form a sustainability viewpoint and some of the challenges encountered in balancing various demands.
Finally Henry Lickers of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne described 'Adventures in the Peri-Urban Forest: A Story of Aboriginal Gathering' and showed how people interact with these forests in spiritual and quite practical fashions. A question and answer session gave the audience an opportunity to participate in discussions about the peri-urban forest.
Most people coming to the seminar had never heard of the peri-urban forest; by the time we all left we knew it as the forest where people are also living and where most Canadians now interact with the forest. The Eastern Ontario Model Forest, as well as many other Model Forests across Canada and around the globe, are probably the clearest examples of this type of forest.
In Memoriam: Leo Paul Andre
We are saddened to report on the passing last fall of one of the grand old gentlemen of the eastern Ontario forest industry. Leo Andre was a major wood supplier to Domtar and local sawmills for over 60 years. He was also part owner of the Sand Road Sugar Camp maple syrup operation. He was a board member of EOMF from 2008 to 2011, and also served on the board of the Forest Products Accident Prevention Association.
Leo was known to everyone for his hard work, kindly demeanour and business acumen. As a young man, at the end of the day when everyone else had finished work he would load his truck with gravel to make sure he was ready to start bright and early the next morning. His logging business and legacy is carried on today by his son Pierre.
Our condolences go out to his wife Isabelle and his children. He will be greatly missed by all of us. To view his online obituary please click HERE.