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 74,000 hectares. This consists of:
- Private forest owners;
- Community forests;
- Commercial forest owners; and
- Maple syrup producers.
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.
Your Pathway to Forest Certification
Steps to achieving forest certification for:
Information on Forest Management
FSC has strict requirements that ensure that certified forest managers maintain their forest cover, and maintain or enhance their forest’s structure, function, biodiversity, and productivity. These include planning and monitoring forest management interventions, assessing risks, and evaluating forest health. For more information on how FSC-certified private woodlot owners in our program are managing their forests, including management plans, the protection of high-conservation values, or how pesticides are used within FSC Standards, please contact the Program Coordinator (contact information below). To access this information for Community Forests in our program, please contact the Community Forest directly.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
For information on forest certification in Canada visit Certification Canada.
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