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.

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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

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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.

CMFN Launches Bioenergy Website Featured

The CMFN has recently launched a new website as a part of its national project on bioenergy. This website features Model Forest case studies, information of bioenergy policy at the provincial level across Canada as well as news articles and publications. Please visit this site at

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IMFN Releases Connections: Responsible Resource Management


Connections Issue 1 2013
The International Model Forest Network has released their first 2013 issue of their Connections Newsletter. The theme is Responsible Resource Management, highlighting the Canadian Model Forest Network's new scope as well as other innovative projects happening in Model Forests around the globe. To see the full article please click here


Building on our Past, Looking to the Future

The Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) links Model Forests in Canada and other like-minded organizations in enhancing the sustainability of Canada's forests and the communities that rely on them. The past 20 years has provided the opportunity to gain expertise and experience engaging a wide range of partners in programs and activities. These have focused on many different forest topics, addressing environmental, social, and economic issues, as well as assisting in identifying and exploring new opportunities.

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Recent Publications

  • Biomass Heating & Electricity Production: A Guide for Rural Communities in Canada
    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.

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  • Building on the strengths of your community
    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.

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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.

    For Resource Collection Click Here and for the Guidebook Click Here


United Nations Decade on Biodiversity


Michael Waldram Fellowship

  • The Canadian Model Forest Network has established a J. Michael Waldram Memorial Model Forest Fellowship. The annually awarded Fellowship, is valued at a $1,000 and is open to all Canadian aboriginal youth enrolled in either a degree or diploma program in natural resource management at an accredited Canadian university or college. Application deadline is May 18th 2013
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International Year of Forests