Our History

Our History with the Canadian Model Forest Network …

The Nova Forest Alliance is one of eleven Model Forest sites in the Canadian Model Forest Network. The Canadian Forest Service, part of Natural Resources Canada, established the Canadian Model Forest Network in 1992 to address the challenge of balancing the extensive range of demands that we place on our forests today with the needs of tomorrow’s generations.


Established in 1998, during the Model Forest program’s second phase, the NFA has since achieved the status of a full-fledged Model Forest. The intent of Canada’s Model Forest Phase II Program was to enhance Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) at the local level, to transfer knowledge regionally and nationally, and demonstrate approaches to forest management that reflect the values of sustainable development.


The principle behind the Model Forest concept is simple, but presents a unique challenge as each model forest works to achieve sustainable forest management systems that address the forest-use values important to their own regional Partners.

What is a Model Forest?

  • A model forest brings together and forms a partnership between individuals and organizations sharing the common goal of sustainable forest management.
  • A model forest provides a unique forum where these partners can gain a greater understanding of conflicting views, share knowledge and combine expertise and resources to develop innovative, local approaches to sustainable forest management.
  • A model forest acts as a giant, hands-on laboratory in which leading-edge techniques are researched, developed, applied and monitored.
  • A model forest encompasses a working scale land base where the participants have a direct interest and influence over the uses in the forest.

For more information about the Canadian Model Forest Network, go to http://www.modelforest.net/

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