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This past December the Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) underwent a week-long audit to verify sustainable forestry practices and receive forest management certification for another five years. On January 28, 2018 the EOMF was issued a forest management certificate for the next 5 years, extending until January 27, 2023.

The audit known as a “Forest Management Certification Re-Assessment” is conducted every 5 years and addresses all ten Principles within the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Standard. Over this period the EOMF Forest Certification Program will undergo at least 4 annual surveillance audits to ensure continued compliance with the Standard. The audit took place between November 27th and December 1st on several community forest, private forest and commercial forest properties throughout eastern and southern Ontario. The audit, conducted by Rainforest Alliance, evaluated the EOMF’s systems and performance against the FCS® forest management standards and policies.

The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) has partnered with Bluesource Canada to develop a program to generate carbon offsets for community forests that are certified through the EOMF Forest Certification program.

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 more


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