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Cooks Mills Farms owned and operated by Paul and Denice Robertson recently achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification (FSC® C018800) through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest's (EOMF) Forest Certification Program.

FSC® is an international, membership-based, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of forests. FSC® has developed a global certification system for forests and forest products, ensuring the existence of forest areas through responsible forest management. Use of the FSC® logo is intended to signify that the products come from well managed forest, giving consumers the option of supporting responsible forestry.


Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve partners with Bluesource Canada to leverage the value generated by the Ontario carbon market to commit to long-term stewardship that maximizes CO2 emissions sequestered by the forest.

HALIBURTON, ONTARIO — Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and combatting climate change will benefit clean drinking water, wildlife, recreation, and Ontario's forest products industry.

The new partnership with Bluesource Canada, a leading developer of forest carbon and other GHG offsets, signals Haliburton Forest's pledge to undertake sustainable forest management practices that will generate 75,000 tonnes per year of additional GHG reductions over the long-term. Haliburton Forest owns and manages over 100,000 acres of hardwood timberland in Haliburton County, Ontario, upon which it operates numerous businesses, ranging from forest management to outdoor education.

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 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. 

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.”

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