Forest Certification

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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 75,000 hectares. This consists of:


The annual summary of Community Forest monitoring activities can be found Here.

Why Forest Certification

Since 2003, a diverse group of private and community forest owners have joined the Program. 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.


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EOMF FC Org Chart Fall 2019

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Your Pathway to Forest Certification

Steps to achieving forest certification for your private woodlot:

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  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 Glen Prevost, Forest Certification Coordinator at 705-358-7913 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.


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