Ontario's forests.
Our responsibility.

Caring for Ontario's forests since 1957.

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The Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) 
is committed to actively contributing to sustainable forest management by assuring the highest professional standards of practice in forestry. OPFA carries out this mandate by: Advocating the highest standards of practice; Establishing and enforcing high standards of professionalism among members; Promoting competency and continuing education among members; and enhancing public awareness about professional forestry.

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News & Events

News & Events

62nd OPFA Conference and Annual General Meeting

Theme:  The Realities of Foresters Managing Competing Objectives

Delta Hotels, 2240 Sleeping Giant Parkway, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 0E7

Register Here!

Early Bird ends April 15, 2019

Accommodations Delta Marriott at the Waterfront Hotel:

  • $169 CAD per night + taxes
  • LAST DAY TO BOOK:  Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Book online or by calling the hotel directly at: 807-344-0777. (Alternative number 1-888-890-3222).

Alternate hotel accommodations- click here 

Registration Details:

Click here to register for the conference with an offline form or for more details on the conference.

Please note:

  • $20 administration fee per request will be deducted from all refunds. Refunds will not be granted after April 29, 2019.
  • Alternate delegates may be sent without penalty.
  • Please advise the registration contact (e-mail: opfa@opfa.ca) of any substitution to allow for a change in the delegate registration package.


News & Events

Canadian Institute of Forestry e-Lecture Series

The electronic lectures are free, easy to access, and user-friendly.

To register, simply contact the eLecture Coordinator at:


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What Foresters Do

Registered Professional Foresters (R.P.F.s) are responsible for serving the public interest by sustainably managing forests. R.P.F.s form part of the professional forestry team responsible for planning and approving all activities related to forest management. They enable landowners to make decisions such as when, where and how to access, harvest and reforest areas. They also ensure the protection of forest values including fish, wildlife, soil, carbon and water. They help protect human infrastructure such as utility corridors and care for and plan urban forests.

Practicing Forestry

OPFA has over 900 members of which approximately 600 are licensed to practice in Ontario today. Today’s foresters pursue careers to ensure a healthy future for both people and the environment. Careers range from practical day to day management of our forests to conducting cutting-edge scientific research in a variety of forestry related disciplines. Traditional forestry careers have included forest management to meet multiple objectives such as protecting biodiversity and producing wood products. Today professional foresters work in urban forests, private woodlots and Crown land.

Become a Registered Professional Forester Today

OPFA is dedicated to regulating its members and ensuring the highest standards in the practice of professional forestry, and in advancing the practice and awareness of the profession  for both public and privately owned lands in the province of Ontario.

Membership in OPFA is open to anyone who has or is seeking a career in the forestry profession, during or after completion of a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from an accredited  Canadian University or has equivalent academic qualifications.

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Mailing Address

Ontario Professional Foresters Association

5 Wesleyan St, #201

Georgetown, ON

L7G 2E2



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