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Government of Ontario and Eastern Ontario Model Forest Celebrate Eastern Ontario’s Rich History of Forest Stewardship

Kemptville, ON, June 7, 2017 – The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) is thrilled to be the recipient of funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport under the Ontario150 Partnership Program
The Ontario150 Partnership Program will provide $86,000 to the Eastern Ontario Model Forest to support the development of a three-part documentary project that engages youth and illustrates the many forest stewardship career opportunities that are available to young people. Trees, Youth, Our Future tells the story of forest stewardship in eastern Ontario – yesterday, today and tomorrow.
“As we celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary this year, our government is investing in our youth, cultivating the next generation of leaders and charting a course to a successful future as a province,” says Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “I am proud that through the Ontario150 Partnership Program and the Ontario150 investment, we are supporting unique initiatives, like the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s project, that engage and empower young people in their communities.”
The project brings together a professional production company (Pinegrove Productions), outdoor educators, environmental NGOs, a youth theatre group, forest industry companies, a First Nation, and others to create a three-part series that tells the story of the evolution of forest stewardship – past, present and future.   The series will be filmed throughout the spring and summer months, and is set for release in December 2017.
“Good forest stewardship is a key driver of Ontario’s growth and prosperity, now and into the future. Well managed forests provide Ontarians with jobs, recreation and health,” explains Astrid Nielsen, registered professional forester and General Manager, Eastern Ontario Model Forest. “To maintain and grow this essential service, we need young people, the leaders of tomorrow, to learn about forest stewardship and to be inspired to step into the shoes of the people taking care of our forests today.”
Forestry is one of the key economic drivers in Ontario, yet youth are increasingly alienated from forest environments and fewer are choosing forestry careers. With this project, a diversity of youth will have the opportunity to learn about the colourful history of the timber trade, and gain hands-on experience in forest stewardship.
The goal is to empower Ontario youth with knowledge, passion and a sense of responsibility for our forests. Trees, Youth, Our Future will ensure the young leaders of tomorrow understand the importance of forests to their physical, mental and spiritual health, as well as their future economic well-being.
Additional funding for the project has been provided by the following partners: Algonquin Forestry Authority, Canadian Institute of Forestry, Forests Ontario, Forest Products Association of Canada, Lavern Heideman & Sons, Lanark County Stewardship Council, Mazinaw-Lanark Forest Inc., Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Woodlot Association, Ottawa Valley Forest Inc., Renfrew Stewardship Council and Shaw Lumber.


About Ontario150
2017 is the 150th anniversary of Ontario as a province. To recognize this historically significant year, the government launched Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that is honouring the province’s past, showcasing the present and inspiring future generations. Through Ontario150 grant programs and a series of signature initiatives, Ontario is engaging youth, encouraging cultural expression, promoting participation in sport and recreation, and creating economic opportunities across the province. Learn more at
About Eastern Ontario Model Forest
Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. Incorporated in 1992, the EOMF provides as a platform for collaborative community efforts to promote and ensure sustainable forests and healthy, vibrant forest communities across Ontario. Naturalized Knowledge Systems principles, as embodied in the Haudenosaunee culture, serve as the foundation for the EOMF’s vision and governance structure. The principles of respect, equity and empowerment are embraced as fundamental in nurturing effective and enduring partnerships.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Astrid Nielsen, RPF
General Manager
Eastern Ontario Model Forest
10-3 Campus Drive
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0
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Friday June 23, 2017
Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre
Located at 1175 Limerick Rd., Oxford Station, ON

Ontario's Cap and Trade Protocols and Carbon Offsets: Potential Opportunities for forest owners?

Want to learn more about what Ontario's Cap and Trade Carbon Protocols will mean for private forest owners and managers? Want to take part in shaping the EOMF's future? Come join us at our 25th Spring Gathering and AGM on June 23rd!

The theme will be Ontario's Cap and Trade Protocols and Carbon Offsets: Potential opportunities for forest owners? We will have speakers Jamie MacKinnon,Vice President, Environmental Solutions at Bluesource and Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario presenting the different aspects of the carbon protocols that are being developed and how landowners, large or small, could benefit.

The event will run from 9:00 - 2:30 and include an afternoon field tour of the Limerick Forest including a visit to the Model Forest Memorial Trail, a dedication to long standing EOMF community members. Register here, the cost is $30 and includes a warm lunch. Payment can be made online by PayPal, Visa or MasterCard or by calling 613-258-8241.

Although you need to be a member to vote during the business meeting, you don't need to be a member to attend or participate. To become a member, or to renew your membership, please visit our website.

Please join us for a day of learning and of sharing information in the relaxing atmosphere of the Limerick Forest. As always, guests are welcome so bring a friend!



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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
(613) 258-6587
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TNorthumberland_Countyhrough the Forest Certification Program of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) Northumberland County Forest has recently achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification through the SmartWood Program of the Rainforest Alliance, an independent auditing organization. The Northumberland County Forest is a 2, 200 hectare county owned forest comprised of three large tracts that include wetlands, natural forest, and a network of managed plantations. The County’s goal for the forest is to maintain a “working forest” that is managed properly to provide economic, social and recreational benefits to the residents of Northumberland County.

Mark Richardson, General Manager of the EOMF outlined the importance of the certification: “Northumberland County Forest has a high use rate and is a forest that has many values – such values range from important habitat for a diverse range of species, timber production, and recreational enjoyment for local residents. Northumberland County Forest has been identified as a Natural Core Area in the provincially significant Oak Ridge’s Moraine that is critical to maintaining the health, biodiversity and connectivity of these natural features. The Northumberland County Forest certification will complement a strong network of existing certified forests forming on the landscape of eastern Ontario.”

Northumberland County Forestry Manager Mia Frankl views the County 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 of the County. We felt it was important to demonstrate that Northumberland County Forest was being managed to a world class standard to our residents and could provide FSC certified fibre to local mills and this certification could lead to marketing opportunities for these facilities.”

The recent Northumberland County Forest certification strengthens the network of certified forests in eastern Ontario. The EOMF certificate also includes three groups of private landowners, community forests and urban forests totaling nearly 45,000 hectares. The EOMF views this program as a framework that can be transferred and adopted to other parts of Ontario with similar landscapes.

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.


For more information on the EOMF Forest Certification Program visit or contact Scott Davis at (613) 258-8422 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




The Eastern Ontario Model Forest has entered into a new and exciting partnership with FPInnovations-Wood Products Division aimed at nurturing the sustainability and growth of the Eastern Ontario wood products industry through technical guidance and education.  As part of this project, we will be co-hosting a Wood Innovations Seminar Series: Products, Processes & Possiblities featuring three distinct topics in six different locations including:  All About Bioenergy, Lean Manufacturing, and Marketing & Sales for Value-Added Wood.  

First up is the Bioenergy seminar on February 15th in Bancroft, and again on February 16th in Pembroke.  For this seminar FPInnovations is bringing seven presenters to talk about the potential of Eastern Ontario to support bioenergy initiatives. The following topics will be of particular interest to communities as well as potential suppliers and manufactureres: 

• Resource availability
• Resource types,processing, transportation
• Process types, products and potential
• Pellets and Beyond: Case Studies on community heating & power and small scale bio-based electrical power generation 

For more information on these seminars and on the project itself, and to register, please visit our new webpage at:

This project is being supported through generous grant from the Government of Canada’s Community Adjustment Fund .

Backgrounder: This project focuses on Eastern Ontario which is a mix of both forest dependent communities and agricultural / manufacturing communities.  Job losses in this region over the past few years are estimated to be well in excess of 11,000 across all manufacturing sectors.  The simultaneous conditions of the housing demand crash in the US, stiff global competition, and a weak US dollar have also put extreme pressure on the over 450 SMEs in Eastern Ontario’s wood products sector.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for Ontario’s forestry sector is finding new markets for the “fibre quality” wood once used by the shuttered pulp and paper mills. In the mixed-wood forests of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence forest region, harvesting fibre quality wood is an integral part of the sustainability paradigm faced by both government and industry.  New opportunities for this material can’t come soon enough. Wood for energy is one of the hot topics being discussed as a partial solution for Ontario’s forest sector decline.  The idea of developing wood fibre energy markets where the benefits foster forest sector jobs and less of a dependence on fossil fuels is very appealing, and one of the areas of great interest to the Eastern Ontario Model Forest. Please visit: for more information on our organization and work.

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