Through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s (EOMF) Forest Certification Program the forests owned and managed by the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) has 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.
Wade Knight, General Manager of the EOMF outlined the importance of the certification. “Sustainable forest management is about good management practices and healthy and involved communities. Forest certification is a tool that uses a sound economic model to foster responsible forest management. It provides a balance of values ranging from timber production, recreational opportunities such as hiking and hunting, to nature appreciation for local residents. The certification of SVCA’s forests will complement a growing network of certified forests forming across the landscape of southern Ontario under the EOMF’s Forest Certification Program.”