The Canadian Model Forest Network...
is a network of organizations nationwide that brings together the information, tools and best practices to support resource-based communities and stakeholders in having a greater influence on natural resource management decisions that affect them, to develop new and innovative methods for integrated landscape management and overcome obstacles that affect their long-term social and economic well being.
Latest CMFN News
Work Continues to Develop MF in Indonesia
In 2014, the Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) began a two-year project to help the Government of Indonesia establish a new model forest area and organization in the Special Province of Yogyakarta, on the Island of Java, Indonesia. The project is funded in part by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). Following successful introductory workshops in Indonesia in October 2014, members of the CMFN returned again to Yogyakarta in May 2015 to work with local stakeholders, researchers and several levels of government to identify the main components needed to establish a model forest organization. Almost 60 people attended, demonstrating the high level of interest in the model forest concept.
CMFN Presents Climate Change Case Study at North Atlantic Forum
A joint conference of the North Atlantic Forum and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation was held from September 16 to 19, 2015 in Summerside, PEI. The theme of the conference was "building community resilience".
CMFN Helping to Establish a New Model Forest in Indonesia
In 2014, the Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) began a two-year project to help the Government of Indonesia establish a new model forest area and organization on the Island of Java. The project is funded in part by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).
Exciting Changes at the Canadian Model Forest Network
The Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) is pleased to announce that Dr. Brian Kotak has accepted the position of General Manager of the CMFN. While maintaining his responsibilities as General Manager of the Manitoba Model Forest, Brian will assist the CMFN Board in preparing for a strong future. To facilitate this process, the CMFN has established a Succession Committee, which will evaluate the current landscape as well as our changing member and partner needs. The CMFN and all of our member sites are in an exciting phase of transition. While this transition has just begun, we look forward to a long and bright future.
CMFN AGM & Land Management Conference Highlights a New Direction
The Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Prince George, British Columbia June 18th-21st. The event was held in collaboration with Resources North Association’s (RNA), a member of the CMFN, Cooperative Land Management Conference. Both events highlighted the CMFN’s new approach, responsible resource management (RRM) at the landscape level. CMFN members from thirteen sites across Canada, Natural Resources Canada representatives and members from the International Model Forest Network and international sites participated in the week’s events, each bringing unique perspectives and experiences to share throughout the discussions and presentations.
The Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) is a not-for-Profit organization that connects stakeholders, facilitates knowledge transfer and develops practical tools, programs, and best practices that support responsible resource management.
Biomass Heating & Electricity Production: A Guide for Rural Communities in Canada
Canada is a resource rich country, supporting a wealth of renewable and non-renewable resource industries. Canadians are stewards to a large portion of the world’s temperate and boreal forests. These forests provide a range of ecological services: from water purification and storage, erosion and flood control and air quality protection, to the provision of wildlife habitat. Forests also play a critical role in climate change mitigation, with Canadian forests sequestering an estimated 95 billion tonnes of carbon. Forests provide a range of economic values: from traditional forest products, recreational values and trapping, to the potential for energy production.Download attachments:
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Building on the strengths of your community
Each Model Forest works regionally to promote the sustainable management of large forest landscapes through research, education and applied projects. Model Forests support forest- based communities by bringing together the information, tools and best practices needed to overcome obstacles and identify new opportunities. This guide was developed under the national Socio-Economic Indicators program. It is supported by a steering committee of CMFN members and partners from across the country.Download attachments:
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Pathways to Climate Change Resilience
This Guidebook and the accompanying Community Resource Collection has
been crafted based on the idea that Canadian rural communities in forest settings want guidance in
understanding and acting to reduce community impacts from the changing climate. Collecting information
and existing tools into a useful framework has been the first step for this initiative.