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
Through 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.
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: seminars.eomf.on.ca.
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: www.eomf.on.ca for more information on our organization and work.
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Oakville, August 10, 2010 – for immediate release
Facing potential devastation of almost one in every ten trees from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), the Town of
Canadian and US maple industry representatives came together in May in Croghan, New York to participate in a meeting of the International Maple Syrup Institute's Board of Directors. Members of the Board represent provincial and state maple associations, maple packers, maple equipment vendors and other maple industry stakeholders. An important objective of the Institute is to provide an industry-wide forum to share information and discuss issues facing the maple syrup industry. A significant feature of the meeting in May was sharing information regarding the 2009 maple crop.