North American Silviculture Working Group members, representing Canada, Mexico and the United States, visiting one of South Nation Conservation Forest properties with Pat Piitz, Forest Manager. North American Silviculture Working Group members, representing Canada, Mexico and the United States, visiting one of South Nation Conservation Forest properties with Pat Piitz, Forest Manager.

North American Silviculture Working Group visits eastern Ontario Community Forests

Thursday, 01 November 2018 15:54

On Tuesday, October 2nd, members of the North American Silviculture Working Group of the Forest Commission were treated to a forestry tour on two community forests: Larose and South Nation Conservation. Both forests are part of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest - Forest Certification Program.

The North American Forest Commission (NAFC) is one of six regional forestry commissions of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Established in 1958, NAFC provides a policy and technical forum for Canada, Mexico and the United States to discuss and address forest issues on a North American basis. The Silviculture Working Group is one of nine working groups that explore issues of concern to the three countries. The mission of the working group is to develop and disseminate knowledge and technology on silvicultural systems and practices in North American forests, to improve the quality of human life.

The group visited several forest properties with recent and on-going silvicultural operations. These included white pine shelterwood management and red pine thinning operations in Larose Forest. Hosts were Steve Hunter, Forest Manager, Manon Besner, Forest Technician. The group also visited hardwood management in South Nation Conservation Forests with host Pat Piitz, Forest Manager. The visiting delegation was able to view and discuss wit the local managers: local silvicultural practices; high conservation value forest protection; area of concern management; and market conditions typical of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Forest Region. The role of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest – Forest Certification Program throughout the landscape of eastern and southern Ontario was also highlighted.