Over the past decade, the EOMF has become a forerunner in furthering the application and uptake of forest certification approaches and tools. Sharing our experiences with others as we continue to expand our efforts in eastern Ontario and beyond represents a major thrust of work for the EOMF. Follow the sub-menus at left to learn more about the EOMF’s forest certification efforts.
Managing a successful and growing Group Forest Management Certificate for the last nine years and more recently, a Group Chain of Custody Certificate has taught us many lessons about the mechanics and applicability of certification as it applies to our forests and our forest industry. Not surprising EOMF sees sustainable forest management more than just about sustained timber yields. Certification is a soft market-based policy tool, which has become infused into our identity and has helped to reinforce our core values. Sustainable forest management is about good management practices, healthy and involved communities, and engaged indigenous people. Furthermore, certification is a tool that uses a sound economic model to foster sustainable forest management.
For the better part of 10 years, the EOMF has been building a certification program within the settled landscape of southern Ontario. We started long before certified products were abundant in our retail markets and when few people had any idea what a certified forest was all about. At the time, the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) was the only system with applicability to our particular region and landowner demographic and the EOMF is committed to the Principle and Criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council. Other credible third party certification standards in Canada include the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®(SFI®), and the Canadian Standards Association (Z804 and Z809).