TORONTO — The fifth report on the State of Ontario’s Natural Resources – Forests 2021, providing information about the health and well-being of forests, communities and industry, has been released by the provincial government.
The 2021 report provides the results of 21 indicators specific to 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; and
- forest certification, audits and compliance.
These indicators show Ontario’s forest policy framework ensures resilient and well-maintained forest resources, protecting the environment and biodiversity of its managed forests, indicates a release issued by Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.
The Crown Forest Sustainability Act requires the provincial government to report on the state of Ontario’s forests at least once every five years.
“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 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.”
The report can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/page/state-ontarios-natural-resources-forest-2021