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On November 24th & 25th the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) hosted a workshop at the Ganaraska Forest Center focusing on the management of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified community and private forests in southern Ontario.   Thirty-five forest managers from across southern Ontario attend the two day event. Tom Clark, a well know ecologist and long-time certification auditor provided the group with an overview of high conservation value forests in Ontario and how those managing community forests could apply this framework to their forests.

The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) is pleased to announce that they have received a grant through the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Smallholder Program.   The grant will be used for Forest Manager training sessions, building the knowledge base of the Forest Managers participating in the EOMF Forest Certification Program. The training will focus on key areas relevant to the FSC® Principles including: Aboriginal values; forest management standards; auditing and the chain of custody process; and High Conservation Values in and around the forest.  

Through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s (EOMF) Forest Certification Program the forests owned and managed by Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) have recently achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification.   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.   

With the continued expansion of its Forest Certification Program into southwestern Ontario the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) recently launched a Southwestern Ontario Certification Working Group.  The new group will work in parallel with the original certification working group established in eastern Ontario in 1999 when the EOMF Forest Certification Program was first initiated.

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Photo: Inaugural meeting of the Southwestern Ontario  Certification Working Group – September 23, 2014, Orangeville, ON.

The certification working groups will continue to investigate, manage and guide certification of private land and community forests under the umbrella of the EOMF's Forest Certification Program.   Membership in the working group includes EOMF staff and board members, representatives for private landowner groups, forest industry, community forests, and forest managers participating in the program and other resource specialists.

Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) has recently achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification through the Forest Certification Program of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF). 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.

Scott Davis, Forest Certification Coordinator for the EOMF discussed the importance of the certification: "LPRCA has a very high use rate and is a forest that has many values – such values range from timber production and recreational enjoyment to hunting opportunities and nature appreciation for local residents. The LPRCA certification will hopefully lead to a network of certified forests forming on the landscape of southern Ontario. There is a positive movement towards certified forest products in that region and the EOMF has been working to assist LPRCA to achieve FSC certification."

The EOMF is pleased to announce the completion and success of it's Advancing Forest Certification in Frontenac County project.   As a result, there are now 18 new enthusiastic private woodlot owners that have joined the EOMF Forest Certification Program, and are now also members of the EOMF and the EOCFO.  The combined total of new lands in the Program is just under 2000 hectares.  Welcome aboard to all of them!  

Part of this project included the development of a new website called Your Path to Forest Certification at www.eomfcert.ca.  The stepped process and new e-learning course, as well as other educational materials, that are housed on this portal will serve to streamline the promotion and uptake of private woodlot certification across the region under the EOMFs Forest Certification Program.  

Many thanks to the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation for their funding support as well as their leadership role and spirit of collaboration in helping us to more effectively advance forest certification throughout the region with the development and sharing of this versatile portal.  EOMF hopes to use this technological platform and engagement models developed during this project to further grow its Forest Certification Program into other counties.  

 

Rob and Alison Haggarty have a passion for the forest and the outdoors.  As avid canoeists, cottagers and naturalists they spend countless hours paddling, hiking and enjoying the natural environment.  The Haggarty’s manage a family trucking business in the Bellville area and understand the impacts of the transportation of goods across our region.  “Let’s face it, our industry is a bit hard on the environment and we wanted to contribute to an organization that implemented and facilitated positive impacts on the forests of eastern Ontario” explained Rob Haggarty, President of International Truckload Services. “Forest certification & invasive species are issues of importance in our region and we wanted to make a contribution to assist with these efforts”.  The EOMF wishes to thank the Haggarty family for their generous donation.

The new Ontario Certified Wood Products Marketplace is up and running! This website has been designed and developed to easily and intuitively connect domestic and international buyers with sellers of Ontario certified wood products. It has the potential to strengthen and grow the burgeoning local and export markets for certified wood products, and create new markets and customers for our Ontario manufacturers! The site is located at: www.certifiedwoodmarket.ca.

This virtual market showcases certified wood suppliers in Ontario by providing them each with a free webpage that highlights their product offerings and supporting information. A user-friendly search function enables potential buyers to easily search for particular products and suppliers. An interactive Classified Ad section enables buyers and sellers to post special offers and items For Sale as well as Wanted posts.  It is super easy to create your page by clicking the Join Our Directory on the home page.

This site will grow over time as new CoC-certified companies are added!  Please pass the word to potential buyers and sellers!

Please help us pass the word to woodlot owners you think may be interested in attending our last Information Session on the "Who, What, Why, and How of Forest Certification" next Thursday evening, June 13.  This learning opportunity is designed to inform, inspire and help private woodlot owners to certify their forests under the Eastern Ontario Model Forest's (EOMF) established, easy and affordable Forest Certification Program.  Our session in May was well-attended and the feedback was very positive!

Also until August, 20 qualifying woodlot owners in Frontenac County can take advantage of a Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) Funding Program that provides a free, on-site visit by a Forest Management consultant to advise and assist with the process - 12 spots remain.  This initiative will help ensure the long-term sustainable management of our region's forests while achieving environmental as well as socio-economic benefits.

WHEN & WHERE:
Thursday, June 13, 2013
5:00 - 9:00pm (incl country supper)
Verona Lions Hall
4504 Verona Sand Road
Verona (Frontenac County) K0H 2W0

COST: $ 10.00 (includes meal)

To view our AGENDA and to register click HERE.

Please help us pass the word to woodlot owners on an Information Session this Thursday, May 9 on the "Who, What, Why, and How of Forest Certification". This learning opportunity is designed to inform, inspire and help private woodlot owners to certify their forests under the Eastern Ontario Model Forest's (EOMF) established, easy and affordable Forest Certification Program.

Also for a limited time, 20 qualifying woodlot owners in Frontenac County can take advantage of a Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) Funding Program that provides a free, on-site visit by a Forest Management consultant to advise and assist. This initiative will help ensure the long-term sustainable management of our region's forests while achieving environmental as well as socio-economic benefits – for today and tomorrow.

WHEN & WHERE:
Thursday, May 9, 2013
9:00 - 2:00pm
Soldiers Memorial Hall (OSO)
1084 Elizabeth Street
Sharbot Lake (Frontenac County) K0H 2P0

COST: $ 10.00 (includes meal)

To view our AGENDA and to register click HERE.

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