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Forest Certification: Community Forests

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 15:30

Education and Awareness NEW

Landowners Reached

The EOMF is dedicated to fostering education and awareness relative to sustainable forest management (SFM).  In many ways this work forms the very foundation of the organization.  Together with its extensive network of partners, the EOMF is able to effectively reach a diverse array of audiences, from forestry practitioners and private woodlot landowners, to students, policy makers, and the public at large.  Current education and awareness initiatives of the EOMF include the following:

Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference
Now in its third decade, this partnership-based event addresses topical issues affecting the forests of eastern Ontario.  The conference has become an important educational and networking event for private woodlot owners, farmers, rural landowners and community forest owners.

December Forest Seminar
Hosted jointly with the Ottawa Valley Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, this annual seminar explores some of the many challenges and opportunities that forestry professionals and communities need to navigate in implementing sustainable forest management.    


Indigenous Cultural Values Awareness Training
In conjunction with its Forest Certification Program, the EOMF offers training that builds awareness and appreciation for Indigenous cultural values and knowledge systems as they relate to forest management and governance. 



Guided Forest Management Tours
The EOMF has a rich history of conducting guided tours to showcase sustainable forest management initiatives, catering to technical and professional audiences as well as visiting delegations from abroad.  The tours highlight some of the many impressive and innovative sustainable forest management efforts undertaken by forest managers and private woodlot owners across eastern Ontario. Likewise, they highlight some of the challenges that we can learn from collectively.


12-minute Summary Clip

Special Projects
The EOMF recently co-produced with Pinegrove Productions a documentary entitled ‘Trees, Youth, Our Future.’  This two-part documentary celebrates the stewardship of forests in eastern Ontario and beyond.  Screenings of the documentary are underway with the help of the EOMF’s network of partners.  The documentary serves as an example of a Special Project.  

Learn more about this documentary and watch the videos.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 15:22

Forest Certification NEW

Hectares Certified

The Model Forest is pleased to offer private and community forest owners, throughout Ontario, an affordable, efficient and supportive system to achieve forest certification.

In January 2003, the Model Forest received a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Group Forest Management Certificate (FSC® C018800). This certificate is managed by the Model Forest on behalf of private and community forest members. It allows for many forest owners to share in the benefits and costs of FSC® certification, under one umbrella.

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. The FSC® has developed a set of Standards, based on 10 core principles and criteria, that ensure sustainable forest management.  Forest owners interested joining the Program must indicate their commitment to managing their forest within the FSC®  Standards and the Model Forest Policies and Procedures.

Today, the Model Forest manages a successful and growing Forest Certification Program. The area now certified under the Program totals over 82,000 hectares. This consists of:


Why Forest Certification

Since 2003, a diverse group of private and community forest owners have joined the Program (organizational chart and/or certification program map). Over this time, our members have shared why certification is important to them. Here is a sample of what we have heard:

  • Provides a framework for forest owners to achieve sustainable forest management that is internationally recognized;
  • Provides a supportive and cost-effective approach to achieving forest certification;
  • Provides for a high level of public acceptance, through third party verification;
  • Provides a credible tool to implement active management, while enhancing the environmental, social and economic benefits from the forest;
  • Provides a framework for market ready carbon offset initiatives for community forests;
  • Provides for meaningful and respectful Aboriginal engagement and cultural awareness opportunities;
  • Protects forest ecosystems and helps fight climate change;
  • Raises industry standards.


EOMF FC Map Fall 2019 1

Download Forest Certification Program Map


EOMF FC Org Chart Fall 2019

Download Organizational Chart

Your Pathway to Forest Certification

Steps to achieving forest certification for your private woodlot:

forest cert 01Photo Credit: Rhonda Elliott

  1. Obtain a copy of the Forest Certification Standards and Policies & Procedures Manual;
  2. Review the Checklist for private woodlot certification;
  3. Develop a forest management plan. The plan must be approved by either the Model Forest or a member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association;
  4. Schedule a site visit with the Forest Certification Coordinator;
  5. Sign Memorandum of Understanding;
  6. The cost of private forest certification includes: a one-time site visit fee of $200 plus tax, an annual Program Fee of $75 and 4% on the total standing timber sale for commercial harvests;
  7. Participate in the annual audits .

Steps to achieving forest certification for Community Forests:

  1. Obtain a copy of the Forest Certification Standards and Policies & Procedures Manual;
  2. Review the Checklist for Community Forest Certification;
  3. Present opportunity of forest certification to your relevant decisionmakers;
  4. Schedule a site visit with the Forest Certification Coordinator;
  5. Model Forest will undertake a gap analysis. The gap analysis will compare your current forest management operations with FSC Standards;
  6. The Model Forest will work with the Community Forest to address any forest management gaps;
  7. Sign Memorandum of Understanding;
  8. The cost of forest certification for community forests includes a Gap Analysis Fee and a Program Fee. The Model forest will provide a quote for these fees at the request of interested parties;
  9. Coordinate and host annual visits with the Model Forest for internal auditing.
  10. Participate in the annual audits .

Looking forward to hearing from you!

To learn more about our forest Certification Program, please contact Jim Hendry, Forest Certification Coordinator at 613-258-8422 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For information on forest certification in Canada visit Certification Canada.


Forest Certification Program - FAQs 

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Helpful Resource Material

Tuesday, 04 February 2020 21:23

Regional Forest Health Network NEW

From our first-hand experience with the large-scale ice storm that struck in 1998, to our more recent involvement in helping partners respond to the arrival of the Asian long-horned beetle in the City of Toronto, we realize that the threats to forest health are very real and the consequences potentially devastating for communities.

catepillarThe EOMF has spearheaded the Regional Forest Health Network (RFHN), a network of some 20 organizations and agencies spanning eastern Ontario, western Quebec and northern New York State – rallying partners in a coordinated and collaborative response to forest threats of various kinds.

In support of the RFHN, the EOMF is involved in:

  • hosting meetings,
  • acting as a central repository for the distribution of relevant materials to partners,
  • helping to coordinate training for forest practitioners, and
  • playing a key role in coordinating the development and delivery of communications and outreach products and activities directed at woodlot owners as well as urban and rural residents. 

Working closely with scientists and experts from both Federal and provincial governments in delivering forest health-related messages to forest industry, rural landowners and urban dwellers also forms an important function of the RFHN.

Members of the Regional Forest Health Network

  • Agence regionale de mise en valeur des privees outaouaises
  • Agriculture and Agri
  • Food Canada (Arboretum)
  • Canada Food Inspection Agency
  • Canadian Forest Service
  • City of Cornwall
  • City of Gatineau
  • City of Ottawa
  • Raisin Region Conservation Authority
  • South Nation Conservation
  • Rideau Valley Conservation
  • Mississippi Valley Conservation
  • Cataraqui Region Conservation
  • Cornell University, NY
  • County of Renfrew
  • Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
  • National Capital Commission
  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
  • Ontario Invasive Plant Council
  • Ontario Parks
  • St Lawrence County, NY
  • St. Lawrence Islands National Park
  • Town of Carleton Place
  • Tree Canada United
  • Counties of Leeds & Grenville

Working on Slowing the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer

RFHN EAB damage

A particular focus for the Regional Forest Health Network has been the slowing of the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB) across eastern Ontario.  The RFHN is playing a critical role in bringing partners together to coalesce around one set of consistent messages about EAB.  Past experience in other jurisdictions has shown that, in the absence of a facilitating or coordinating vehicle such as the RFHN, organizations and agencies have struggled to provide consistent messaging to landowners and the public – an inevitable recipe for failure.  The RFHN, with EOMF playing a facilitative role, is providing a vital coordinating function – one that is ensuring strategic responses to threats to forest health, and also building capacity within local communities to respond effectively to such threats.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer download landowner extensions note and/or to view the EAB videos.

Helpful Resource Material


RFHN Highlights

Helpful Resource Material

Allison Jones · The Canadian Press

Ontario is cancelling a tree planting program, with those involved warning the move will lead to the loss of jobs and environmental benefits that forests provide.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry told Forests Ontario the day after the Progressive Conservative government delivered its budget this month that the 50 Million Tree Program was being eliminated.

Read the full story.

Presented at the 2019 Winter Woodlot Conference.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:36

Wildlife in Your Woodlot

Presented at the 2019 Winter Woodlot Conference.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:35

Maple Syrup - Basic Thinking Global Outcomes

Presented at the 2019 Winter Woodlot Conference.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:34

Limerick Forest - Buckthorn Control Trial

Presented at the 2019 Winter Woodlot Conference.

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