Forest Communities Program
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Forest Communities Program sites
Clayoquot Forest Communities
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Clayoquot Forest Communities (CFC) encompasses five First Nations communities, as well as the municipal districts of Ucluelet and Tofino. Co-managed by the Nuu-chah-nulth Central Region Management Board and Ecotrust Canada, the area receives over one million tourist visits annually and contains the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. CFC is focused on developing a community-based regional ecotourism strategy oriented around the First Nations communities in the area. In addition, ongoing projects include educational activities, capacity-building and engagement strategies on forest sector activities for youth, women, elders and First Nations.
Fact sheet: Clayoquot Forest Community
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Twenty-five incorporated towns, thirty First Nations settlements, numerous unincorporated communities, and urban centres like Fort St. John and Prince George encompass a forest area larger than the province of New Brunswick. Resources North Association (RNA) brings together the Integrated Resource Management Partnership of Northern British Columbia (the "IRM Partnership") and the former McGregor Model Forest Association. RNA is focused on projects in the South Peace, Mackenzie and Vanderhoof-Fort St. James areas, such as land use mapping and climate change mitigation.
Fact sheet: Resources North Association
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Since 1992, the Prince Albert Model Forest (PAMF) site has demonstrated leadership in integrated resource management and developing partnerships among industry, government, communities and scientists. Through its involvement in projects like the Paspiwin Cultural Heritage Site and Sturgeon River Plains Bison Stewardship, PAMF has set a strong example for facilitating connections between organizations to further the goals of cultural and community sustainability.
Fact sheet: Prince Albert Model Forest
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Located 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba Model Forest includes several Aboriginal communities, as well as numerous provincial parks. Current projects include a joint eco-tourism venture with Reventazón Model Forest in Costa Rica, woodland caribou research and the development of a Junior Rangers program.
Fact sheet: Manitoba Model Forest
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Located on the northeast shore of Lake Superior, Northeast Superior Forest Community (NSFC) represents a partnership of six communities – Chapleau, White River, Wawa, Dubreuilville, Hornepayne and Manitouwadge, plus a partnership with local First Nations communities. With strong leadership from the Northeast Superior Mayors’ Group, NSFC is focused on diversifying and improving economic opportunities. Non-timber forest products and bioenergy development are two examples of non-traditional opportunities for economic development that NSFC is actively pursuing.
Fact sheet: Northeast Superior Forest Community
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Incorporating the cities of Cornwall, Ottawa and many other smaller municipalities, Eastern Ontario Model Forest (EOMF) represents a forest community with a strong urban-rural mixture. With more than one million inhabitants, the EOMF is the most heavily populated FCP site. Addressing the many and varied interests in the forests of eastern Ontario, the EOMF is pursuing projects as diverse as awareness of local species at risk, forest and chain-of-custody certification, urban forest management and development of a centre of excellence for wood fibre-based enterprise.
Fact sheet: Eastern Ontario Model Forest
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A two-hour drive north of Montreal, this site includes the municipalities surrounding the town of Mont-Laurier and the Manawane Attikamekw community. Projet Le Bourdon (available in French only) seeks to optimize the production capacity of recreation and forestry in its territory through partnerships with First Nations communities and biomass energy projects.
Fact sheet: Projet Le Bourdon
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Located on the Nitassinan (ancestral territory) of the Montagnais people of Lac-Saint-Jean, and approximately 200 kilometres from Québec City, Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest (LSJMF) (available in French only) is a partnership between the regional municipalities of Maria-Chapdelaine and Domaine-du-Roy. LSJMF’s objectives for sustaining its forest-based communities include the development of non-timber forest products like mushrooms and blueberries, multidisciplinary training for forestry sector workers, biodiversity preservation and developing tourism/heritage resources.
Fact sheet: Lac-Saint-Jean Model Forest
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Fundy Model Forest (FMF) is focused on issues of relevance to forest-based communities across New Brunswick. This includes advancing projects on biofuel/bioenergy applications, resource evaluation and benchmarking tools, climate change adaptation, valuation of ecological goods and services, and forest industry competitiveness opportunities.
Fact sheet: Fundy Model Forest
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Nova Forest Alliance includes all of Prince Edward Island, as well as significant parts of Cape Breton and southern Nova Scotia. Enveloping St. Mary’s River Watershed and the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, NFA’s activities include scientific research on freshwater habitat acidification and species at risk, development of heritage opportunities at the Mi’kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail and resource mapping capacity-building in rural communities.
Fact sheet: Nova Forest Alliance
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Encompassing the municipalities of Corner Brook and St. Anthony in Newfoundland, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, the Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador (MFNL) encompasses Gros Morne National Park, ecological reserves, protected waterways, provincial parks and territories of the Innu Nation. MFNL’s projects include the formation of two Local Community Networks (Northern Peninsula and White Bay South) to work on biophysical inventories and an information sharing network, the development of the Atlantic Master Logger Certification Program, and a Watershed Management Planning Template for municipalities.
Fact sheet: Model Forest of Newfoundland and Labrador