May 1, 2017
Boreal Forest Health Information Session


In combination with the Forestry Futures Trust Committee Silvicluture Workshop, the MNR&F's Boreal Forest Health Information Session was held March 22, 2017.  This allowed for attendees to partiipate in both sessions.  The presentations from the second day are hyperlinked below.
 
Forest Health Program:
i) History of the program,   
ii) Current delivery model,
iii) EAB provincial update
Dan Rowlinson -Provincial Forest Health Program Coordinator
Forest Health Update for NW and NE Regions Lia Fricano - Forest Health Technical Specialist - Timmins,
Mike Francis - Forest Health Technical Specialist -Sault Ste. Marie
Vance Boudreau - Forest Health Technical Specialist – Thunder Bay
2016 Minnesota Forest Health Highlights Mike Parisio - Forest Health Specialist, Minnesota Department Natural Resources
Mountain Pine Beetle – The threat to Ontario pine species Dr. Barry Cooke - Acting Provincial Forest Entomologist, Crown Forest and Lands Policy Branch, Forest Sustainability and Information Section, MNRF
The Importance of Science in Monitoring Dr. Alvaro Duran - Forest Health Research Scientist, Forest Research and Monitoring Section, MNRF
Spruce Budworm - an updated perspective on the science of cycling, with implications for Ontario Dr. Barry Cooke - Acting Provincial Forest Entomologist, Crown Forest and Lands Policy Branch, Forest Sustainability and Information Section, MNRF

 
April 12, 2017

On March 21 the Forestry Futures Trust Committee and MNR&F hosted a Silviculture Workshop.  There were over 100 attendees from industry, academia, provincial and federal governments.
The presentations are linked below.

 
Road Decommissioning Jodi Hall, Regional Planning Forester, MNRF
Enhancing Ontario’s Silviculture Policies Rob MacLeod, Provincial Silviculture Program Specialist, MNRF
FFT Silviculture Program Overview Shelley Vescio, Program Coordinator, Forestry Futures Trust Committee
Shadows and Light: Tree Retention Effects on Understory Light and Regeneration Planning in Boreal Mixedwoods Dr. Bill Parker, Research Scientist, OFRI
Challenges of Managing White Pine in the Shelterwood System Andree Morneault, Silviculture Forester, Nipissing Forest Resource Management Inc.
Creating Optimum Light Levels for White Pine Regeneration Through Mid-story Removals Liz Cobb, GIS & Silviculture Tech, Ottawa Valley Forest Inc.
Effects of 50 years of Precommercial Thinning on the Forest Value Chain in Northwestern New Brunswick Michael Hoepting, Silviculture Research Forester, Canadian Forest Service
Precommercial Thin of Fire-Originated Jack Pine
 
Deanna Hoffman, Chief Forester, Ne-Daa-Kii-Me-Naan Inc.
Challenges and Opportunities: Density Management in Boreal Conifers Dr. Doug Reid, Research Scientist - Boreal Silviculture , CNFER
Prescribed Burning Primer Ian Staley, Prescribed Burn and Fire Behaviour Specialist , MNRF
Scott Wiseman, Fire Operations Supervisor, MNRF
Application of Prescribed Fire to Untreated Roadside Slash Debris Tara Pettit, Management Forester, Sioux Lookout District, MNRF
Confederation PB: Renewal of a Natural Disturbance Holly Aggas – Silviculture Forester, Domtar
Mike Kitney AFFES, Fire Operations Supervisor


 
April 6, 2017

Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 43 and 44 Results

Eleven applications were received for Round 44, 10 of which were approved for $2.19M in funding by the FFTC.  One project from the Northwest Region was deemed to be ineligible for funding. 
 
Among the categories, six Category 1: Intensive Stand Improvement projects received $1.0M in total funding (three projects from the South Region, two from the Northeast and one from the Northwest).  Two Category 2: Remediation projects received $198,075 in total funding (one project from the Northeast Region and one from the Northwest).  Two Category 4:  Insolvency projects received $973,00 in total funding (both from the Northeast Region). 
 
Among regions, the South received $648,672 in total funding, the Northeast Region received $1,418,021, and the Northwest Region received $125,943 in total funding.
 
March 10, 2017
March 21st, 2017  Forestry Futures Trust Committee and the MNRF are hosting a 1-day Silviculture Symposium at Old Fort William in Thunder Bay. Click on the agenda to the right to enlarge.
 
Who should attend:  foresters, biologists, technicians, practitioners, anyone interested in hearing about and discussing silviculture practices and projects.
 
Lunch and coffee breaks are included.  Please advise of any allergies.
 
You MUST register with Dirk Becker at dirk.becker@ontario.ca.  Please specify Silviculture Symposium

 
January 2017
The Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry has appointed Dr. Sandy Smith as a new member of the committee. Sandy  is a Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto, serving as Dean (2010-2012). She specializes in forest health and urban forests, specifically natural controls to address invasive species. Sandy has published over 130 papers and reports, served as guest editor and reviewer for numerous refereed journals, NSERC panels, and on science panels to manage invasive insects such as the Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALHB) and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Her research focuses on biological control of invasive forest insects, earthworms, and plants such as dog-strangling vine and Phragmites. Sandy has supervised over 50 graduate students and is currently a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Past President of the Entomological Societies of Canada and Ontario, a Strategic Advisor to LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) and serves on the Boards of Tree Canada, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.
January 6, 2017

Applications for  FFT Silviculture Round 44 are now being accepted.


 
December 22, 2016

FFTC would like to announce they have hired Peter Street, R.P.F. as their new IFA Program Coordinator.  Peter has over 30 years in active forest management experience across the province of Ontario. As well, he has been both an IFA auditee and IFA auditor.

We wish Ken VanEvery R.P.F. all the best  in his new position with the MNRF Aylmer District Office and thank him for his 14 years working with the Committee.


 
October 25, 2016

Vendor of Record Opportunity: Independent Forest Audits for Crown Forests in Ontario (OSS_00602715)
 
A request for bid to establish a Vendor of Record for the Independent Forest Audit program has been posted on the Ontario governments e-Tender portal website. http://www.ontario.ca/tenders
 
The Vendor of Record will be used to retain audit firm services for the Independent Forest Audit program for the next 3-5 years.  Key deadlines:
  • RFB Posted: 18-October-2016
  • Deadline for Bidders to submit any clarification questions: 04-November-2016
  • Deadline for Bidder submissions: 18-November-2016


October 19, 2016

The 2015-2016 FFT Annual Report is now available for viewing in the Annual Report section
October 11, 2016

R. A. Riley, Chair of FFTC would like to announce the addition of Shelley Vescio, R.P.F., as a contract staff specialist with the Forestry Futures Trust Committee. Shelley was most recently employed as the City Forester, Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay. Shelley will be starting later this month in our Thunder Bay office.
 
September 30, 2016

Applications for  FFT Silviculture Round 43 are now being accepted.


 
July 14, 2016

Independent Forest Audit of the Lake Nipigon Forest
The Request For Bids on the Nipigon Forest Independent Forest Audit has been posted as a current opportunity on Bravo  (https://ontariotenders.bravosolution.com)

It is Project tender – 4353 and Project Reference : OSS_00589912

The tender bid opportunity closes July 29, 2016.
 
May 26 2016
 
Independent Forest Audit field season has begun.

The FFTC is administering 12 IFAs this summer.  Two pilot* audits are being conducted in 2016 following a modernized process. The results of these pilots will be used to make changes to the audit program in 2017 and into the future.
 
Forest Auditor Field Audit Time Frame
Magpie Forest KBM Resources Group June 2016
Spanish Forest Arbex Forest Resource Consultants Ltd. July 2016
Mazinaw Lanark Forest Arbor Vitea Environmental Services Ltd. July 2016
Nipissing Forest Arbex Forest Resource Consultants Ltd. August 2016
Gordon Cosens Forest Arbex Forest Resource Consultants Ltd. September 2016
Sudbury Forest* KBM Resources Group September 2016
Pic River Forest Arbor Vitea Environmental Services Ltd. September 2016
Timiskaming Forest Craig Howard R.P.F. September 2016
French Severn KBM Resources Group September 2016
Algoma Forest -* Arbor Vitea Environmental Services Ltd. October 2016
Temagami Forest KBM Resources Group October 2016
Lake Nipigon Forest Merin Forest Management September 2016
 
Interested in becoming an IFA Auditor or bidding on IFA contracts? Throughout the coming year FFC and MNRF will be offering opportunities to become a contractor for the IFA program.
April 1, 2016
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry has appointed Ray Riley as Chair of the Forestry Futures Trust Committee along with Bill Baker and James Harrison as new members of the committee. Ray, Bill and James are well known in the forestry community and together they bring a strong combination of forest policy, operations and organizational governance experience to the work of the committee.
Herb Bax and Mike Barker continue their work with the committee and will play an important role in assisting with the transition of the new members.
Bob Elliott and Erik Wang have chosen to move on to other areas of interest and are thanked for their many years of productive participation in support of the committee.


 
March 18, 2016

Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 42 Results
 
The Forestry Futures Trust Committee received thirteen (13) applications for funding in Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 42 from across the province. The total request for funding was $2.63 million.  Twelve (12) projects were considered approved for funding and were awarded $2.56 million.  The regional distribution of eligible requests and allocated funding by category is illustrated in the accompanying graph.
Twenty-two percent (22%) of funding was allocated to remediation projects.  Seventy-three percent (73%) of funding was allocated to stand improvement projects.  Four percent (4%) of funding was allocated to protection projects. No projects were received under the insolvency category in this round.
 
March 17, 2016

The third year of the Committee's field inspection plan has been completed.  The Silviculture Site Visit Report 2015 is now available.
January 5, 2016

Applications for  FFT Silviculture Round 42 are now being accepted.


 
January 4, 2016
Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 41 Results

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee received nine (9) applications for funding in Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 41 from across the province. The total request for funding was $6.3 million.  Seven (7) projects were considered approved for funding and were awarded $5.1 million.  The regional distribution of eligible requests and allocated funding by category is illustrated in the accompanying graph. 
Fifty-six percent (56%) of funding was allocated to remediation projects.  Thirty-nine percent (39%) of funding was allocated to stand improvement projects.  Five percent (5%) of funding was allocated to protection projects. No projects were received under the insolvency category in this round.

 
December 7, 2015

A Ontario Forest Resources Inventory Production Status map is available for viewing. Click on the map for a larger image.

 
November 3, 2015

The 2014-2015 FFT Annual Report is now available for viewing in the Annual Report section.  All project information previously included in the body of the annual report will be updated annually at the individual FFT program links.
August 24, 2015
Applications for  FFT Silviculture Round 41 are now being accepted.

 




July 30, 2015

The second year of the Committee's field inspection plan has been completed.  The Silviculture Site Visit Report 2014 is now available.
June 29, 2015

Independent Forest Audit field season has begun.
The FFTC is administering 6 IFAs this summer. 
Forest Auditor Field Audit Time Frame
Dog River Matawin Forest Arbex Forest Resource Consultants Ltd. June 2015
Trout Lake Forest Arbor Vitea Environmental Services Ltd. June 2015
Wabigoon Forest Arbex Forest Resource Consultants Ltd. August 2015
Red Lake Forest Arbor Vitea Environmental Services Ltd. August 2015
English River Forest Craig Howard R.P.F. September 2015
Kenogami Forest Arbex Forest Resource Consultants Ltd. September 2015
June 22, 2015

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee is pleased to announce Aaron Dorland R.P.F. as the new FFC Silviculture and eFRI Program Coordinator.


Aaron is a Lakehead University (2000) and Sir Sandford Fleming College (2002) grad who has worked in NW Ontario for 13 years. He brings a strong background in both boreal forest silviculture and GIS from his previous work experience.

 
March 31, 2015
Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 40 Results

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee received sixteen (16) applications for funding in Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 40 from across the province. The total request for funding was $2.1 million.  Fourteen projects were considered eligible for funding and were awarded $1.5 million.  The regional distribution of eligible requests and allocated funding by category is illustrated in the accompanying graph. 
 
Forty percent (40%) of funding was allocated to treat areas affected by snow down, wind damage, tornado damage and post-budworm infestation across the province.  Several projects were allocated funding in the Insolvency category in the Northwest to focus on treating debris laden areas.  No projects were received under the Protection category in this round.
March 26, 2015

Update
Enhanced Forest Resource Inventory (eFRI) Knowledge Transfer & Tool Development program


The Forestry Futures Trust Committee (FFTC) completed the first stage of the Call for Proposals under the Enhanced Forest Resource Inventory (eFRI) Knowledge Transfer & Tool Development program. Twenty-four (24) applications & Letters of Intent (LOI) were received requesting $2.3 million in funding. Successful projects fell into the following themes:  research and tools to add value to the current eFRI and imagery; studies for consideration in future inventory development; applications for use of eFRI data in operational field work.  Eight projects were successful with one small-scale project approved and seven projects moving forward from the Letter of Intent stage with a total request of $928,000. Applicants included university and private sector researchers, federal and provincial researchers, private consultants, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and forest company staff.
 
Further information on the enhanced Forest Resource Inventory Program can be found here.
 
March 23, 2015

Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 39 Results
The Forestry Futures Trust Committee received ten (10) applications for funding in Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 39 from across the province. The total request for funding was $2.8 million.  Nine projects were considered eligible for funding and were awarded $2.2 million.  The regional distribution of eligible requests and allocated funding by category is illustrated in the accompanying graph. 
 
Stand improvement from the Southern region encompassed the majority of the requested and approved funding for this Round at 55% and 44%, respectively.  Tolerant hardwood management in the Northeast and Southern regions accounts for 72% of the approved funding in the stand improvement category.  The treatment of a large fire project in the Northeast constitutes 68% of the funding under the remediation category.

For further description of funding categories see the program applicaiton guide in the download forms section
January 26, 2015

Funding available for Forest Resource Inventory applied research projects, tech transfer and training.

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals (click here for full details) for eligible projects under the Enhanced Forest Resource Inventory (eFRI) Knowledge Transfer & Tool Development program.  Up to $500,000 will be allocated in this first Round for projects up to two years in duration. The program is open to all interested applicants including, but not limited to, university and private sector researchers, federal and provincial applied researchers, private consultants, non-governmental organizations (NGO), forest company staff, who can provide expertise in the areas of:
  • Digital land and provincial forest imagery (Ontario)
  • Forest inventory development within the context of Ontario’s Crown forests
  • Processes to link imagery with land or forest inventory to meet operational or management needs at the local to provincial scales (applicable to Ontario’s forests)
  • Creative solutions for developing and utilizing digital imagery and forest inventory
 
Projects that develop and/or update decision support tools linking the enhanced forest resource inventory to forest management and operational planning processes and/or refine the image interpretation or inventory development and/or projects that incorporate training opportunities to upgrade the skills of users of Ontario’s eFRI increasing the uptake and usage of decision support tools will be given priority for Round One.  Please note that all projects must include a knowledge and technology transfer component.
 
January 7, 2015
Applications for  FFT Silviculture Round 40 are now being accepted.


 
October 24, 2014

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry biannual newsletter, for the enhanced Forest Resources Inventory, is available.
Enhancing Ontario's Forest Resource Inventory Spring 2014
October  21, 2014

The 2013-2014 FFT Annual Report is now available for viewing in the Annual Report section.  All project information previously included in the body of the annual report will be updated annually at the individual FFT program links.
September 23, 2014

Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Program Open House

Please join us on October 1, 2014 at the McIntyre Centre in Timmins for coffee, tea and pastries.  Forestry Futures will be available to discuss:
  • Pilot programs for funding supervision and pre-project planning
  • Revitalization of low-stocked stands
  • How to complete the new application
  • How to complete the new budget tables
 
Opportunity will also be provided to discuss potential upcoming projects with the Forestry Futures Trust Team. 
 
RSVP is not required, but is appreciated to help plan the event.  Registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/FFC-SSM-form
 


 
September 8, 2014
Applications for  FFT Silviculture Round 39 are now being accepted.


 
August 15, 2014
 
Independent Forest Audit field season has begun.
The FFTC is administering 5 IFAs this summer. 
Forest Auditor Field Audit Time Frame
Whiskey Jack Forest Arbex Forest Resource Consultants Ltd. August 2014
Lakehead Forest KBM Resource Group August 2014
Caribou Forest Arbor Vitea Environmental Services Ltd. September 2014
White River Forest Craig Howard R.P.F. September 2014
Big Pic Forest Arbex Forest Resource Consultants Ltd. September 2014
July 22, 2014
The Forestry Futures Trust has distributed over 180 million dollars in support of eligible silviculture projects on Ontario’s Crown forest lands since it was established in 1995. Although Forestry Futures Trust Committee (FFTC) members have visited a number of the projects from inception through to completion on an ad-hoc basis, there has been no formal field evaluation. A structured field inspection plan has been designed to and the accompanying link to the  Silviculture Site Visit Report 2013 is now available.
July 7, 2014
Updated Silviculture Reimbursement Forms are now available

As of July 1st, all reimbursement claims to the FFT must use the current (dated July 2014) interim and final reimbursement forms.  These forms follow the current MNR HST protocol.  HST is identified and paid as part of the total reimbursement.


Forms can be found under  the DownLoad Forms Tab to the left.

 
July 3, 2014
Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 38 Results

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee received seventeen (17) applications for funding in Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 38 from across the province. The total request for funding was $3.1 million.  Fourteen projects were considered eligible for funding and were awarded $2.5 million.  The reduced level of approved funding largely reflects scaling back of projects after discussion with the applicants.  The regional distribution of eligible requests and allocated funding by category is illustrated in the accompanying graph. 
 
Two large remediation projects make up 50% of the allocated funding addressing the remediation of a large fire in the northeast and historical budworm damage in the northwest.  Funds awarded under the insolvency category are to address a silvicultural liability as a result of a bankruptcy.


 

January 23, 2014

eFRI Managers Workshop 

This one-day workshop will introduce eFRI to resource managers. The presenters will provide an overview of the eFRI program and current progress.  They will also describe a number of eFRI products that can be derived from the imagery. In addition, the presenters will provide examples of the application of the imagery and related products. Managers will have the opportunity to increase their familiarity and understanding of the value of the digital imagery and the investment required. Case study scenarios where users have seen a return on investment from using eFRI imagery will be presented. This course is intended for management personnel.

 

Presenters include: Alex Bilyk (Lakehead University);  Murray Radford, Coordinator – Forest Resource Inventory Program (OMNR); and Geordie Robere-McGugan, Inventory Development Specialist (OMNR).

 

 

Location:       Orillia Campus – Lakehead University

Date:             February 4, 2014

Time:             8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cost:             $125 per participant

Registration: follow the link below     

                      https://store.lakeheadu.ca/efrimanagers/

All further inquiries can be directed to Tracey Bradley, Program Coordinator, Forestry Futures Trust at (807) 343-8851 or tracey.bradley@forestryfutures.com

 

January 23, 2014

Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Program Forum

Please join us on February 5, 2014 in Huntsville or February 12, 2014 in Thunder Bay for a networking lunch and afternoon of discussion on:

 

·       >  Funding for recent and upcoming rounds

·       >   How to build a successful application

·       >   Motivations and challenges in the application process

·       Consideration of potential changes to the application

 

Opportunity will also be provided to discuss potential upcoming projects with the Forestry Futures Trust Team.  Help us plan the way forward for the Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Program. 

 

Registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/FFC-SSM-form

Please note additional forum will take place in Timmins in the spring.  

 

All further inquiries can be directed to Tracey Bradley, Program Coordinator, Forestry Futures Trust at (807) 343-8851 or tracey.bradley@forestryfutures.com

 

 

 
 

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