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WHAT    CIF 15th Annual Teacher’s Forestry Tour

WHEN       August 4-7, 2015

WHERE     Canadian Ecology Center, Petawawa Research Forest, Temiskaming (QC), Olrig Rd. 

28 Educators from across Ontario met at the Canadian Ecology Center (Mattawa, ON) to take part in the 15th annual Teacher’s Forestry Tour – an intensive, 4-day professional development experience, sponsored by the CIF and partners. Teacher’s had the chance to visit interpretive field sites such as a tour of the Petawawa Research Forest, meet with industry professionals and engage in open dialogue around sustainable forest management. The tour was full of hands-on learning, including a visit to an active hardwood-harvesting site, Tree Marking, and an opportunity to use different forestry tools in addition to great presentations delivered by enthusiastic speakers. We took a trip across the border to the Province of Quebec where participants engaged with representatives from Wolf Lake First Nation who spoke of their involvement with local Forest management. Participants were then treated to lunch by the town of Temiskaming and addressed by the Mayor and Tembec representatives. For a true forestry experience in Northern Ontario, participants also shared a tasty traditional lumberjack feast at the historical restaurant ‘Myrt’s’ in Mattawa. This year’s group was fantastic, bringing an eagerness to learn and an inquisitive attitude. 

To ensure information learned is effectively brought back to the classroom, all teachers were provided with Canadian Forestry Association Teaching Kits, and other teaching materials that fit into Ontario’s curriculum. We were also fortunate to have members from the Hardwood Forest Foundation Liz Brooks and Crystal Oldham, who had participants build ‘truth about trees’ teaching kits to bring back to the classroom with them. 

This important professional development event could not have been possible without the support of our many sponsors! We look forward to hosting future teacher’s tours to provide educators with a passion for learning an opportunity to explore sustainable forest management. 

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Liz Cobb (Ottawa Valley Forest Inc.) shows participants what a real clearcut looks like 


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WHAT        University of Toronto Winter Field Tour 

WHEN       February 19 – 22, 2015

WHERE     Canadian Ecology Centre, Tom Bryson’s Woodlot, Tembec Block #184, Petawawa Research Forest

NOTES      30 University of Toronto students and faculty from the Master’s of Forestry Conservation program attended this fully sponsored 4-day tour. The tour exposed students to common silvicultural practices, gave them a first-hand look at what happens on the ground during forestry operations, and allowed them to explore career opportunities directly and indirectly linked to the forestry sector. From active single-tree-selection harvesting at Tembec Block #184 to discussions on renowned forestry research at the Petawawa Research Forest (PRF), students and CIF staff alike agreed this year’s U of T Winter Field Tour was a great success! 


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WHAT        Forest Pest Management Forum

WHEN       December 2-4, 2014

WHERE      Shaw Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

Please click here to visit the Pest Management Forum website.

Click here to register for the Forum.

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WHAT        Forest Invasive Species Workshop

WHEN        November 10, 2014

WHERE      Delta Waterfront Hotel, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

NOTES      The event attracted over 90 participants and featured nine presentations addressing the threats that invasive species pose to Ontario forests, including talks on current research and strategies for preventing and managing several key forest invasive species.










Please click here to view the workshop poster and agenda.


State of Invasives – Taylor Scarr, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Emerald Ash Borer – Krista Ryall, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service

BioForest strategy for managing EAB – Anne Hayes, BioForest

Asian Long-Horned Beetle – Jean Turgeon, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service

Beech Bark Disease – Mike Francis, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Mountain Pine Beetle – Chris MacQuarrie, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid – Jean Turgeon, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service

Invasive Plants – Pedro Antunes, Algoma University

Opportunities and Challenges in Managing Invasive Species – Dilhari Fernando, Invasive Species Centre

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WHAT       Coastal Wetland Invasive Species Bus Tour

WHEN       October 23, 2014

WHERE      Windsor, Ontario

NOTES       Featured 6 “stop and talks” with local experts to discuss invasive species management and policy recommendations, as well as advice for participants on how to manage coastal wetland invasive species in their own region. Click here to view the poster and here to view the agenda.


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WHAT        Biomass utilization, harvest logistics and silvicultural effectiveness within the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest region workshop

WHEN        October 21, 2014

WHERE      Petawawa Research Forest

Please click here for the workshop handout.


Opening Remarks –  Jeff Fera, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre

Silviculture Effort Matrix – Trevor Jones, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario’s Forest Bioeconomy – Megan Smith, Forest Bioeconomy at Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Sustainable Biomass Harvesting in the GLSL – Trevor Jones, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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WHAT       Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference

WHEN       October 20, 2014

WHERE     Duluth, Minnesota

NOTES      The conference ( was attended by a contingent of Canadians, with logistics and transportation provided by the CIF/IFC and the Invasive Species Centre. The trip provided the opportunity for participants to interact with American colleagues, as well as take in half a day of conference proceedings and a half day field tour. Click here to view the poster and agenda.




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WHAT       Northern Ontario Wood Instructional Tour (NOWIT)

WHEN      October 16-19, 2014

WHERE   Canadian Ecology Centre, Mattawa, Ontario

NOTES     45 Mohawk College students from the Civil Engineering and Industrial Woodworking programs attended this 4 day tour. It provided students with background knowledge on forest science and research, forestry operations and product mills, and to explore career opportunities directly and indirectly linked to the forestry sector. Thirty Environmental Technician students from Canadore College also attended Thursday night’s “Meet the Professional” Banquet (photos below).

Canadore Students enjoying the booth Participants enjoying the banquet


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WHAT     Increasing Value of Our Tolerant Hardwood Resource – Workshops

WHEN    May, 6, 7 and 8th, 2014

WHERE  Barry’s Bay, Huntsville, North Bay

NOTES    These 3 workshops were hosted by FPInnovations, in partnership with CIF, and introduced participants to the Hardwood Buck Program, with a focus on the importance of maximizing value during log making in the field. Click here to view the poster.


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WHAT        5th Annual Yukon First Nations Resource Conference

WHEN       March 26-27, 2014

WHERE      Coast High Country Inn, Whitehorse, Yukon

Please click here to visit the conference website. Please click here to view the conference brochure.

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WHAT       Premier’s BC Natural Resource Forum

WHEN       January 22-23, 2014

WHERE     Prince George Civic Centre, 808 Civic Plaza, Prince George, BC

Please click here to visit the forum website.

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WHAT        Great Lakes St. Lawrence Forest Science Day in the Park

WHEN       December 13th, 2013

WHERE      Canadian Ecology Centre in Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, just outside of Mattawa, ON

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WHAT       Focus Group Session held by The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), in collaboration with the University of  Saskatchewan (U of S)

WHEN       November 27th-28th, 2013

WHERE     Travel Lodge, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

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WHAT       Workshop: Use and Application of LiDAR and New Forest Technologies in Boreal Ontario

WHEN       November 28th, 2013

WHERE     Universite de Hearst (Amphitheatre), 9th St. Hearst, ON

Please click here to view the event poster.


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WHAT        Deployment of redback salamander boards for research purposes

WHEN       October 30th, 2013

WHERE      White Pine Shelterwood Study Site near Britt, ON

NOTES     Teachers and students from College Boreal in Sudbury collaborated with the MNR to deploy 300 salamander boards. The boards were placed on a pre-established grid in each of 15 treatment plots (5 treatment plots in each of three blocks). College Boreal used their facilities to manufacture the boards according to the provincial Wildlife Assessment Program specifications and transported the boards to the site. This collaboration between College Boreal and the MNR has been in place for more than 15 years and has been extremely beneficial to both parties. This study, called “Some ecological effects of shelterwood management in white pine stands”, was established in 1995 as part of the central Ontario vegetation management alternatives program. It is a collaborative project which involved several researchers from the provincial and federal government, three universities, the Forestry Research Partnership (now CIF-SEEK), the Parry Sound District, and the local SFL – Westwind Forest Stewardship Inc. Click here to see the results to date of the study.

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WHAT       Partnership Meeting and Field Tour: 2o13 Great Lakes Saint Laurence Biomass Impacts and Opportunities Study

WHEN       October 28th-30th, 2013

WHERE     Quality Inn, Petawawa ON and Petawawa Research Forest 

Click here to view the presentations given at the meeting.


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WHAT        Forest Ecosystem Science Cooperatives’ Annual Science Day  

WHEN       October 23, 2013

WHERE      Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

NOTES       The Institute was represented by Executive Director Matt Meade and CEO John Pineau, who attended the presentation session as well as social activities. The event was an excellent way to become better informed about the science and research work undertaken by the members and partners of the Forest  Ecosystem Science Co-op, and to network with many individuals and groups working to advance sustainable forest policy, planning and practice. Click here to visit the Forest Ecosystem Science Cooperative’s website.

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WHAT        International Boreal Forest Research Association Conference 

WHEN       October 7-10, 2013

WHERE      Edmonton, Alberta

NOTES       The CIF provided direct financial and in-kind support in the planning and delivery of the International Boreal Forest Research Association Conference in Edmonton. CIF CEO John Pineau attended, along with many members from the Rocky Mountain Section. The conference was successful in catalyzing knowledge exchange and collaboration among boreal forest scientists and researchers from around the world. Click here to visit the International Boreal Forest Research Association’s website. 

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WHAT        Activity for the COMPaS Knowledge-Extension Project

WHEN       October 1-2, 2013

WHERE     Edmunston, NB

NOTES      This activity was organized during the field trip of the 2013 Fall Meeting “Financially Feasible Hardwood Silviculture: Sustaining a Competitive Hardwood Value Chain” which was organized by the Canadian Woodlands Forum and the Northern Hardwoods Research Institute.  Al Stinson of the CIF National Executive also presented on hardwood management practices in Ontario, and the science behind the tree marking program. Al’s participation at the workshop was part of a multi-province eastern hardwood initiative that was aimed at promoting knowledge exchange relating to the best management practices for hardwood species.

More than 100 foresters participated in the COMPaS activity !



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WHAT       Ontario Hardwood Silviculture Workshop

WHEN       June 18th-20th, 2013

WHERE     Huntsville, ON and Algonquin Park

NOTES      Forest practitioners from across Eastern Canada were invited to central Ontario to learn about hardwood management and tree marking. Participants were able to learn about the benefits of tree marking for wood product yield and for improving the quality of forest stands. The three-day event included presentations, field visits to several tree marking, single tree selection, and shelterwood sites, and a tour of a local mill.

Please click here to view the event poster. PRESENTATIONS


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WHAT       Forest Capital of Canada Planting Blitz

WHEN       June 22, 2013

WHERE     The trees were planted at a new recreation site being developed just north of Blue Ridge, approximately 35 km east of the town of Whitecourt.

NOTES    This year, the Canadian Forestry Association, with help from the Canadian Institute of Forestry and our provincial tree-planting partners, planted more than 10,000 tree seedlings across Canada. Of those trees, 5,300 were planted in the greater Whitecourt area in Alberta, as part of the ongoing Forest Capital of Canada 2013 celebrations. The event, a one-day tree-planting blitz was sponsored by the CFA as part of its management of the Canadian component of the Batesville Living Memorial® Tree Planting Program. Other partners in this year’s Whitecourt-area tree-planting blitz include Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., which donated the seedlings and supervised the planting, the University of Alberta’s Department of Renewable Resources, whose forestry students conducted the planting, and Woodlands County, which helped select the planting site.

The planting took place around a man-made lake in this recreation area, and on a few small islands in the lake. Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. and staff from the University of Alberta’s forestry program coordinated the event, with U of A forestry students conducting the tree-planting. Millar Western supplied the seedlings and helping the students to ensure good planting technique.
The Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County were designated as the Forest Capital of Canada for 2013 by the CFA and CIF. The tree plant is one of many events taking place during the year to celebrate the designation. It will also contribute to and comprise part of the Batesville Living Memorial® Tree Planting Program.

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This sign will be erected on site as part of the event

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WHAT       CIF 12th Annual Teachers’ Forestry Tour

WHEN      August 6th-9th, 2013

WHERE    The Canadian Ecology Centre, Mattawa ON and nearby forestry field sites







NOTES     This year’s Teachers’ Forestry Tour was another great success. Participants learned about forest science, research and management in a 4 day/3 night PD experience sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Forestry (  The group met professionals in the field of forest science and research, as well as visited forestry operations and product mills.  This tour is a great chance to become more informed, so stay tuned for future tours. Every year, the space is limited to 30 teachers. *This program is only offered in English but French resources are available. Please click here to see photo’s from this event.  FYI – The pictures from the 2013 tour are posted in an album that you can access using the password “forestry”

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WHAT       Forest Birds Workshop

WHEN      May 15th, 2013

WHERE    Petawawa Research Forest

NOTES     This is an annual event that is free of charge.

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WHAT       CIF-SEEK: A National Tree-Roots Partnership E-Lecture

WHEN      April 3rd, 2013

WHERE    Online CIF E-lecture series 

NOTES     CIF Chief Executive Officer John Pineau describes the newly-launched national forest science partnership.

Please click here to access the presentation powerpoint file. Please click here to access the presentation audio file. Please click here to view the E-lecture poster.

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WHAT       Newfoundland’s Enhanced Forest Inventory Workshop

WHEN      March 27, 2013

WHERE    Corner Brook, NL

NOTES     The Canadian Institute of Forestry, in collaboration with the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre and FPInnovations, has organized a workshop on forest inventory for NFLD. Enhanced Forest Inventory has the potential to change the way the forest sector does business. The day’s technical presentations will feature experts from government, industry and academia intent on challenging participants to truly learn, not only about enhanced forest inventory tools, technology and products, but also to recognize and understand their advantage and value relating to forestry and natural resources management policy, planning and practice. Please click here to view the agenda. Please click here to view pictures taken at the event.

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WHAT       CIF Nova Scotia Section joint meeting with RPFANS

WHEN      March 21, 2013

WHERE    Nova Scotia