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Central Canada SFI Implementation Committee

Training and Education

BMP Manual

The SIC has developed a manual of best management practices for forestry operations on private land.  The information in this manual has been developed specifically for the unique operating conditions in northern Ontario and Manitoba.  The manual is available on our Downloads page, or by contacting CCSIC.

Common Awareness Training

The SIC has developed a series of eight standardized training modules that cover the SFI Awareness and BMP Awareness components of the Qualified Logging Professional training / awareness requirements. 

Training Records

In an effort to reduce duplication of training efforts, the SIC has developed a training card that individuals receive upon completion of SFI Awareness Training.  This card is accepted as proof of training by any Central Canada SIC member company.

CCSIC hard hat sticker QLP Hard Hat Stickers

As part of a program to increase the visibility and in-field recognition of Qualified Logging Professionals (QLP's) The SFI Implementation Committee has endorsed a hard had sticker program.  The annual stickers are distributed by Program Participants to interested individuals that meet the QLP definition.

Shown at right are Allan Harris, Unit Superintendent for Renewable Forest Products and Mike Maxfield, Certification and Communications Manager Ontario for Resolute Forest Products and Chair of the Central Canada SFI Implementation Committee.  Allan has just received his 2013 QLP sticker which is displayed on his hardhat.

Ontario Wood
The CCSIC has entered into a licensing agreement with the Ontario Wood program.  The Ontario Wood program offers consumers a visible way to choose wood products manufactured in Ontario, using wood from Ontario's forests.  Ontario has a world class system to ensure forests are managed in a sustainable manner and by choosing products manufactured, Ontario residents are supporting local industries and choosing products from sustainably managed sources.  Remember to ask your local retailer for products with the Ontario Wood logo on it!.

Research & Development

The Central Canada Implementation Committee supports and encourages individual member companies' research programs.  Click here for a summary of some of the recent research CCSIC members have supported.  Much of this research is done in collaboration with government, academia and other industry partners through organizations such as:

The Impacts of Climate Change on Sustainable Forest Management

Climate change and its potential impacts on forest ecosystems is one of the many factors affecting forest management.

Although, at this time, we are not fully able to predict how climate change will affect our forests, some potential impacts include:
  • Changes in tree species distribution
  • Changes in growth and yield patterns
  • Changes in weather patterns with a potential increase of severe weather events
  • Changes in the frequency and intensity of forest fires
  • Changes to insect and disease activities / outbreaks
  • Increasing pressure from invasive species

The CCSIC is discussing climate change and will be investigating opportunities to partner with other organizations to support research regarding the potential impacts of climate change and how forest managers can adapt to these changes.

The following sources provide some additional information on climate change and forest management:

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