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Irregular Shelterwood System Workshop November 7th
The Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) Southern Ontario Section is holding an Irregular Shelterwood System workshop in Milton on November 7th. Please see the workshop flyer below for more information and to register.
The 2024 Annual Conference and AGM will be held in Sault Ste. Marie, April 16th to 18th. It will be a hybrid event, with both in person and virtual attendance options. More information will be available on the event page soon!
To foster diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization, OPFA staff and volunteers complete training on equity, diversity and inclusion. A list of available free to access resources are now provided in the External Resources section of the website. Please note that these resources are not owned or maintained by the OPFA.
Endangered Species Act Update: Government Response Statements
The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has published final government response statements for the following four species at risk under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA): Cerulean Warbler Gillman’s Goldenrod Red-headed Woodpecker Spoon-leaved Moss Ontario provides protections for species at risk and their habitats under the ESA. The government works with stakeholders, Indigenous peoples and the public to improve the effectiveness of the species at risk program, so that we can continue to help preserve Ontario’s rich biodiversity for generations to come. As required by the ESA, the province has published these government response statements, which are species-specific policies that identify and prioritize actions to protect and recover a species, in response to recommendations in recovery strategies. These statements provide policy direction to government and partners about what should be done to recover each of these species at risk. In developing these government response statements, the Ontario government...
Many people studying forestry or wanting to enter the profession of forestry, whether domestically or internationally trained, usually lack a professional network and experience in forestry. These factors have been noted as major barriers for entry into the workforce by new forest professionals around the world in a recent United Nations report. In 2022, the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) formed a Professional Networking Task Team (PNTT). One of the goals of this task team is to provide new OPFA members, such as yourself, opportunities to gain a better understanding of forestry and develop your professional network. To do so, the PNTT developed a program called “Shadow a Forester”. The program provides students and provisional OPFA members the opportunity to connect with professional foresters working in various aspects of professional forestry. Why join the “Shadow a Forester” program? ● Connect with professional foresters that work in your area of interest...
What Does the Future of Forestry Look Like to You?
We are asking members to help us more accurately represent the diversity of people, forests and jobs in professional forestry in Ontario by sharing photos of themselves or their teams at work that we can use in OPFA media. Images are compelling and play a huge role in shaping how we see the world and the people around us. Every day, we constantly see photos of people—on social media, on websites, on television, and even in our professional environments. The more we showcase the diversity of people and roles in professional forestry, the more engaged our community of foresters will be, and the more inclusive the culture of the forest sector becomes. On the recommendation of the Equity and Inclusion Task Team, the OPFA is aiming to build a thoughtful and deliberate catalogue of images to draw from for use in outreach materials, social media posts, and on the OPFA...