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

Webinar: Association of Ontario Land Surveyors Project to Modernize the Surveyors Act

On September 27th, Brian Maloney, the Executive Director of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) spoke with OPFA registrants to share the challenges facing the AOLS that are leading them to consider requesting changes to modernize the Surveyors Act, and some of their proposals.

This webinar was recorded and is available in the Webinars section of the Member’s side of the website.

 

Click the buttons below to find out more or watch the recording.

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2023 Annual Conference and AGM

Save the date!

The 2023 Annual Conference and AGM will be held on April 18th to 19th in Peterborough, ON. This will be the OPFA’s first hybrid conference, with both in-person and virtual attendance options.

The theme of the conference is: Professional Foresters Adapting Through Collaboration and Innovation

Stay tuned for more information!

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COVID-19 update

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, our physical OPFA office is closed.

However our staff are working from home, and OPFA Members and the public can continue to contact us using phone and e-mail.

Due to our virtual office system, we are able to continue to serve the public without any interruption and there are no additional changes in OPFA services to Members or the public.

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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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Find a Professional Forester

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Information about unregistered practitioners available here.

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Mailing Address

Ontario Professional Foresters Association

5 Wesleyan St, #201

Georgetown, ON

L7G 2E2

Phone
1-905-877-3679
Fax
1-905-877-6766
Email
opfa@opfa.ca
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