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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
Conference Presentations Now Posted Online
Please follow this link to view presentations from recent conferences. Please allow 2-4 weeks after conference to allow time to post.
EOMF Takes World Stage as One of Seven Sites in Ecosystem Services Pilot Project
The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) has been selected as one of seven sites around the world to take part in a leading-edge ecosystem services pilot project. The news comes following a successful submission to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) in late February.
Through certification, the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) ensures that forests and their ecosystem services are responsibly managed. FSC® is now developing new tools that will show businesses and investors that these natural benefits are being preserved and will reward participating FSC® certificate holders for doing so.
The objective of the pilot project is to evaluate the impact of forest stewardship on ecosystem services, and to set the basis for FSC® claims regarding the maintenance and enhancement of ecosystem services. In short, it will help to demonstrate the positive impact of responsible forest management in the context of the many benefits that accrue to society as a whole. In so doing, it will create opportunities for landowners and land managers to make verifiable claims that offer them access to ecosystem services markets. Target ecosystem services in the pilot project include carbon sequestration and storage, biodiversity conservation, soil conservation, watershed services and recreational services.
The EOMF will work closely with Larose Forest and 2 private woodlot owners in the course of the pilot project. For those involved, this pilot provides an opportunity to make visible the wider benefit of responsible forest management – from carbon sequestration to the important biodiversity conservation role that their forested areas play. Tony and Ann Bull are elated to be participants in the pilot project. “We’ve long recognized that our woodlot harbours thousands of species of flora and fauna. It has a remarkable variety of habitats that are vital to the contribution that the woodlot provides to society at large.”
As an early forerunner in exploring forest certification in Canada, the EOMF is honoured to be part of this pioneering project. We look forward to learning from the experiences of the other pilot sites in Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Australia, Peru and Chile.
For more information, please contact:
Astrid Nielsen, General Manager
Eastern Ontario Model Forest
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!
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.
New EOMF General Manager
The Board of Directors of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) is pleased to announce that Astrid Nielsen, R.P.F. has agreed to join the EOMF as General Manager, starting June 1, 2016. Astrid has over 20 years of forestry experience in the private and public sector and has worked with the EOMF and our partners for many years. Astrid graduated with a BScF from the University of British Columbia and completed her Masters of Forest Conservation degree at the University of Toronto. She is currently the President of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.
The Board would like to thank our outgoing General Manager Wade Knight for his dedicated service for the last three years. He has guided the organization through a challenging transition and helped set the stage for a bright future for the EOMF.
EOMF friends and members will have a chance to meet with Astrid at our Annual General Meeting which will be held at Limerick Forest, on June 15, 2016.