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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.

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.

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Want to learn more about whether heating with wood can help in the fight against climate change? Want to take part in shaping the EOMF's future? Come join us at our 26th Spring Gathering and AGM on June 13th!

The theme will be around using wood heating appliances for rural and remote communities in Ontario. Our speaker is Terrence Sauve, Farmstead Optimization and Safety Engineer at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Terrence's presentation will cover the different standards and wood heating appliances that are available, such as high efficiency stoves, fireplace inserts, furnaces and indoor boilers for the residential, small commercial and institutional sector. Download full agenda here. 

At this year’s AGM in Fournier on June 13th, 2018, members will be asked to vote on significant changes to our Constitution and By-laws. Click here for more info on the proposed changes. Although you need to be a member to vote during the business meeting, you don't need to be a member to attend or participate. To become a member, or to renew your membership, please visit our website

The event will run from 9:00 - 2:00 at La Cabane des Gars Sugarbush at 4251 County Road 16 in Fournier, ON. After lunch, there will be an overview of modern technology used for sap processing provided by sugar bush host/owner Jean-Marc Levac. Register here, the cost is $30 and includes a warm lunch.  Payment can be made online by PayPal, Visa or MasterCard or by calling 613-258-8241.

We hope to see you on June 13th!

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The Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) and Pinegrove Productions have produced a new documentary video series that celebrates stewardship of Ontario’s natural heritage in forestry.

Trees, Youth, Our Future is a two-part series that tells the story of forest stewardship in Ontario and encourages the next generation of leaders to embrace it.

 “Forest stewardship is one of Ontario’s key economic drivers and provides jobs, recreation and healthy lifestyles for the people who live here,” explains Astrid Nielsen, General Manager. “Our aim with this series is to showcase the excellent stewardship work that is being done for our forests today and to inspire youth to continue that legacy so that we have sustainable forests for the future.”

Jim and Donna Fischer recently achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification (FSC® C018800) through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s (EOMF) Forest Certification Program for their property just south of Walkerton in the Municipality of Brockton. The addition of the Fischer property adds approximately 37 acres to the growing list of private woodlots now certified under the EOMF Forest Certification Program and represents the first certified woodlands in the Municipality of Brockton.

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Visit the Ontario Certified Wood Marketplace website for a list of sellers of Ontario certified wood products.

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