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Ontario releases State of Ontario’s Natural Resources – Forests 2021 report


September 27, 2021
By Ellen Cools


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The government of Ontario has released its State of Ontario’s Natural Resources – Forests 2021 report, as required by the province’s Crown Forest Sustainability Act at least once every five years.

The report provides information about the health and well-being of the province’s forests, communities and industry.

This year’s report shares the result of 21 indicators regarding forest condition and forest management, including:

  • Forest composition, growth, wildlife habitat and forest carbon
  • Harvest and regeneration
  • Public engagement and Indigenous involvement in forest management planning
  • Forest sector employment and resource revenue sharing with Indigenous communities
  • Forest sector products and exports
  • Forest certification, audits and compliance

According to the provincial government, these indicators show that Ontario’s managed forests are well-maintained and the environment and biodiversity are protected.

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This report demonstrates that Ontario’s forest management plan is working and that wood harvested is sustainably sourced, and our forests continue to be renewed,” said Ontario Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry and Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford in a statement. “We will continue to work with Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public to unlock the potential of Ontario’s forests through sustainable forest management practices.”

Click here to access the report.