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EOMF General News

EOMF proudly announces the release of two new YouTube Videos that each provide an overview of who the Eastern Ontario Model Forest is, and the type of work we do.  There is an English and French version.  This project is funded in part by the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation, and supported by the Government of Canada though the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. We are grateful to them for making this project possible.

Eastern Ontario Model Forest_English

Eastern Ontario Model Forest_French


Please mark your calendars for June 14, and join us in Limerick Forest as we celebrate our 20th anniversary at our Annual General Meeting. A short business meeting will be followed by several interesting and light-hearted activities - both inside the beautiful FSC-certified chalet, and outside under a marquee tent, and in the nearby forest as we unveil the new EOMF Memorial Trail.

Before enjoying a scrumptious barbeque lunch, we will show an engaging video presentation featuring a line-up of four new, high-production value YouTube videos featuring Limerick Forest, the EOMF, the Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN), and the International Model Forest Network (IMFN). Both the CMFN and the IMFN are also celebrating their 20th anniversaries this year so we're happy to have them, and their guests, join us!

After lunch, we will take a short walk through the woods to inaugurate the new EOMF Memorial Trail.  Constructed with thanks to Limerick Forest, and the generosity of Burla Cayford and family through the James H. Cayford Memorial Fund, this trail will honour recently departed friends of the EOMF.  This peaceful trail will be marked with interpretive signs, wood duck boxes, a commemorative bench and a new viewing platform over the marshland.  We hope you will join us.  Stay tuned for more! 

To register online please go to our Event page:  EOMF AGM

It is with mixed emotions that the EOMF is saying good-bye to Mark Richardson, who has been General Manager for the last three years. Prior to this leadership position, Mark was the Project Forester for the EOMF, involved in everything from the development of agroforestry best management practices to the authoring of publications on forest health and invasive species. March 31, 2012 marks the end of an eleven-year commitment that has made a lasting difference. We are all indebted to Mark for his strategic vision, and ability to engage the EOMF in a range of influential projects that have ensured our organization maintains its relevance and influence on the landscape of eastern Ontario. Another more whimsical legacy of Mark's will be his humour, something much appreciated by all who worked alongside him. We wish him all the best in the next phase of his career journey with the City of Ottawa.

Gracefully stepping into the role of Acting General Manager is Elizabeth Holmes, who we are all most grateful to for her ongoing commitment to the organization, now nineteen years in the making ("Don't date me by quoting how long I've been with the EOMF," Elizabeth quips!). Elizabeth's name is almost synonymous with the EOMF's and she is well-known for her professionalism, aptitude and intellect in Model Forest circles. We are confident in her abilities to carry the leadership torch into the foreseeable future as we await news of our future core funding decision from Natural Resources Canada.

This year we celebrate the 25th annual Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference on Wednesday, February 22 at the W.B. George Centre on the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph. This annual educational and networking event is a must-attend for private woodlot owners, and for associated commercial, service, government, and non-government organizations that want to reach them with their message!

On February 22nd a packed house filled the WB George Centre to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference and listen to a slate of presentations around the theme "Today's Woodlot Threats and Opportunities.  Many thanks to our presenters who made it interesting and informative, our Sponsors who provided much needed funding support, our Exhibitors who filled the hall with their colourful and practical exhibits, our devoted and tireless Volunteers who helped pull it all together, and last but not least all of the participants who didn't let the chilly winter weather keep them away!  For more on this year's topics please click below...

The Wood Manufacturing Council is pleased to present Going Global - a series of five hands-on workshops that give entrepreneurs, executives and managers in the wood industry the information they need to compete in the global marketplace and capitalize on a world of opportunity. Content is 100% practical.

The first of these workshops will be an Introduction to International Trade, and will review all the aspects of international trade that must be considered before making the decision to do business in foreign markets. This workshop is the perfect overview of the best practices followed by Ontario wood processors and manufacturers to maximize opportunities and minimize risks.

Workshop themes and dates as follows:

Introduction to International Trade: Thunder Bay March 6
Introduction to International Trade: Kitchener March 8
ternational Trade Research & Marketing: Toronto March 28
Supply Chain Management & Importing: Toronto March 28
International Trade Finance: Toronto March 29
Cultural Aspects of International Trade: Toronto March 29

Cost is $50 per person for the Introductory Workshop and $75 per person for the four subsequent specialty workshops. Register early: space will be limited.  For more details on locations and to register visit:

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