January 22, 2014
Applications for  FFT Silviculture Round 38 are now being accepted.

Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 37 Results

The Forestry Futures Committee received fourteen (14) applications for funding in the Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 37 from across the province. The total request for funding equalled $2.7 million.  All eligible projects were fully or partially funded.  In total $1.6 million was allocated.  The regional distribution of approved fund allocation by category is illustrated in the accompanying graph.
Stand improvement represents the majority of approved projects in Round 37.  Four of these projects in the southern region focus on stand improvement in white pine (Pinus strobus), red pine (Pinus resinosa) and tolerant hardwoods.  Two of these projects include increasing the red oak (Quercus rubra) component in stands.
The remediation allocation in northwestern Ontario is targeted to support a conifer wood supply enhancement project involving the reforestation of low volume mixed wood stands with off-site trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) to conifer dominated forest units.  This project is intended to increase future conifer wood supply.
 
September 4, 2013
Applications for  FFT Silviculture Round 37 are now being accepted.

 

May 21, 2013

Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 36 Results
 
The Forestry Futures Committee received ten (10) applications for funding in Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 36 from across the province. The total request for funding equalled approximately $1.6 million.  Nine projects were awarded $1.1 million for full or partial funding.  The regional distribution of approved fund allocation by category is illustrated in the accompanying graph.  Note that funding in the northeast represented 100% of applications received.
 
Over $375,000 was allocated to two separate white and red pine remediation projects in southern Ontario.  A further commitment of $300,000 for stand improvement spans both the northeast and southern regions with projects including thinning for both hardwood and conifer release and a removal cut enhanced tending project.
 
The remediation funding in northwestern Ontario includes two prescribed burn projects in areas impacted by wind events and the resulting blowdown, with the third project addressing the remediation and reforestation of a prescribed burn in an area damaged by a wind event in 2008. 
 

April 29, 2013

In an effort to provide regular, up-to-date information on the status of the enhanced Forest Resources Inventory, the Ministry of Natural Resources is now preparing a biannual newsletter that will be shared via the Forestry Futures Trust website.
Enhancing Ontario's Forest Resource Inventory Winter 2013


 

April 22, 2013

The FFC welcomes Tracey Bradley R.P.F. to our team as the Program Coordinator for Silviculture and eFRI.

Tracey is a UNB grad (2006) who has worked in NW Ontario for 7 years.  She brings enthusiasm, strong experience in boreal forest silviculture, recent FMP involvement and has participated in 5 IFAs as an industry partner.

January 16, 2013
Applications for  FFT Silviculture Round 36 are now being accepted.

 

January 3, 2013

Enhanced SFL Transition Program

The Forestry Futures Committee will be accepting applications for funding to support the transition to Enhanced Sustainable Forest Licenses. The Forestry Futures Committee, in collaboration with Ministry staff, has developed the following guidance and application documents for this program. This initiative is a key element of the Ministry’s broader Tenure Modernization process.


NOTE: The Adobe PDF application documents presented below are for information purposes only. Please contact Kevin Coombs of MNR’s Forest Tenure Section at (705) 945-6717 or kevin.coombs@ontario.ca before proceeding with filling out the application.  In general, requests for funding should be developed through collaboration among communities, First Nations, and other existing or future Enhanced SFL partners.


A user friendly version of the application and budget document is available by contacting your Ministry of Natural Resources representative or the Forestry Futures Committee (admin@forestryfutures.com).


For information purposes only:
FFT SFL Conversion Application Process and Eligibility
FFT SFL Conversion Forms  templates
 


eFRI Managers Training Workshop Update

The Forestry Futures Committee in partnership with MNR and Lakehead University recently held a one-day workshop that introduced eFRI to resource managers and presented various applications that could be derived from eFRI products. Murray Radford (MNR) gave a brief overview of the program and Alex Bilyk (Lakehead University) led the workshop.  
There were 12 registrants actively participated in the course with lively discussions that were peppered with questions throughout the day. The morning session focused on the details of the data being collected, an overview of software requirements (and costs) and the various options required to view the 3D imagery. The afternoon session covered data using case studies and examples of it can be applied for cost savings. This seemed to be of most interest to the audience. The application of the imagery and how it can be used for fieldwork was also discussed (i.e. transferring the 3D imagery to hand held devises such as iPad, Playbook and GPS).  The image to the right shows an eFRI overlay with Google Earth.
 
Information discussed included:
  • Inclusion of Ecological Land Classification
  • Soft copy options, storage requirements, and challenges related to data management
  • Capturing the imagery – how it was done and challenges encountered
  • Applications of imagery data
 
At the end of the day, the participants were asked to fill out a feedback questionnaire.
Feedback from the participants identified a number of topics for future training endeavors: enhancing imagery (technical), geo-database, urban interface and the application of the new inventory to resource planning.
 
Please e-mail admin@forestryfutures.com attn: Mona Wiltshire FFT-eFRI Program Coordinator if you would like more information.
 

December 18, 2012

The 2011-2012 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.


November 2012

Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 35 Results

The Forestry Futures Committee received seventeen (17) applications for funding in Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 35 from across the province. The total request for funding equaled approximately $6.5 million. Thirteen projects were awarded $5.1 million for full or partial funding.
The regional distribution of approved fund allocation by category is illustrated in the accompanying graph.

Over $3 million was allocated to remediation with a significant portion of funds directed towards a large rehabilitation of spruce budworm damaged forest in northwest Ontario and a post-fire project in the northeast Ontario. Approximately $2.1 million was directed to stand improvement in northeastern Ontario and southern Ontario with funds awarded to tolerant hardwood, degraded hardwood and pine stands and jack pine spacing projects. The Committee has requested further clarification for one proposal from southern Ontario; this represents a possible additional commitment $75,000.
 

September 20, 2012

 

Forestry Futures Committee announces enhanced Forest Resource Inventory (eFRI) Training Course

 

The Forestry Futures Committee is pleased to announce the newest Knowledge Transfer and Training Development (KTTD) training course.  The course description can be found below:

 

Module X: INTRODUCTION TO THE eFRI FOR MANAGERS

 

This one-day module will introduce eFRI to resource managers. The instructors will present and describe a number of eFRI products that can be derived from the imagery. In addition, the instructors will present examples of the application of the imagery and related products. Managers will also have 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. Please note this is not a technical course. 
 

September 7, 2012
The Forestry Futures Trust Committee is pleased to announce an Invitation to Participate in FFT Silviculture Round 35.
 
June 1, 2012
Recently the Forestry Futures Committee reviewed 14 proposals for Forestry Futures Trust funding: 10 received full or partial funding and 4 did not receive funding.  Total amount requested was $2.2 million and total amount of funds approved was $1.5 million.  The distribution by region and by category can be found to the right.






 
April 2, 2012

Please note:
The email address for submitting claims has changed.  A generic email account has been set up to receive all claims for payment by the Secretariat. Please submit all Forestry Futures Trust claims requests to
both:
 
admin@forestryfutures.com
and
trustclaims@ontario.ca

If you have any questions regarding the new email, please contact the Secretariat, Diane Black @ 705-945-5725.

 
There has been no change to administration of Forestry Future Trust Silviculture Applications and PWRs.  They are still are sent to:
 
 admin@forestryfutures.com
and
diane.black@ontario.ca



 
March 20, 2012

In an effort to provide regular, up-to-date information on the status of the enhanced Forest Resource Inventory, the Ministry of Natural Resources is now preparing a brief, biannual newsletter update that will be shared via the Forestry Futures Trust website.  Enhancing Ontario's Forest Resource Inventory Fall 2011







 
March 5, 2012

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee is pleased to announce an Invitation to Participate in FFT Silviculture Round 34.


 
October 27, 2011
After careful review, the Silviculture Round 29 Job Stimulus Summary Report is available for viewing.  Please follow this attached link to download the  Round 29 Summary Report.






 
August 24, 2011

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee is pleased to announce an Invitation to Participate in FFT Silviculture Round 33.

 
June 30, 2011

There were eleven applications for Round 32 that totaled $4,534,984 in requests for funding.  Nine applications were approved for a total of $2,236,077.  The regional distribution of funds is summarized in the graph.





 
February 16, 2011

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee is pleased to announce an Invitation to Participate in FFT Silviculture Spring Round 32.

 
February 8, 2011

Recently the Forestry Futures Trust Committee attended the "Taking Stock- inventory options for today and tomorrow" held January 26, 2011 in Kapuskasing.  It was a joint venture between FRP (Forest Research Partnership) and CIF (Canadian Institute of Forestry). The MNR and FFTC led a facilitated discussion that explored Research & Development and Training Needs.  Questionnaires  were distributed to 5 groups ( formed by stakeholder affiliation) and 5 minute presentations were given at the end of the session that discussed the group's views on the two questionnaires.
The FFTC wishes to thank the organizers of this sucessful event, for allowing us to survey the capitve audience for their input.  Additionally, thank you to John Pinneau (CIF) for allowing us to post some of his pictures.

Please visit the eFRI page on the website for survey results and commments.





 
February 1, 2011

The 2009/2010 FFT Annual Report is now available for viewing.  As with the past few annual reports, it is the streamlined report format for ease of downloading and reading.  All project information previously included in the body of the report will be updated annually at the individual program links.  We welcome any feedback regarding this new format.

This year three FFT silviculture rounds are reported, instead of the usual two.  Round 29 Job Stimulus was a special $6 million round funded by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.  Please look for an update regarding this round to be posted in the very near future.




 
January 17, 2011

eFRI Research & Development and Training Survey

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Inventory Monitoring and Assessment Section) recently sent out a survey regarding the enhanced Forest Resource Inventory program.  If you were inadvertantly missed, please consider spending a few moments to fill out the survey (link below) and email it to admin@forestryfutures.com.  We are targeting the end of January 2011 for results. Also posted below is a letter of invitation from the Chair, Maureen Kershaw, R.P.F. that provides further details.

FFTC eFRI Survey invitation letter (pdf)
eFRI R&D and Training survey (excel)




 

 November 1, 2010

FFT Silviculture Round 31 Decision Summaries:

There were 8 applications (0 from Northwestern Region, 3 from Northeastern Region and 5 from Southern Region) for Round 31, requesting a total of $1.8 million.  Six proposals received funding for $1.2 million (click on image to enlarge).







 

 

September 3, 2010
Re: Round 31 Open Call for applications for Forestry Futures Silviculture Projects

A reminder ...

* HST comes into effect July 1, 2010.

* Please include HST on all your Forestry Futures Trust invoices (unless you have been informed differently by your tax advisor) post - July 1, 2010. 









 

 

June 10, 2010 
FFT Silviculture Round 30 Decisions:
 

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee recently reviewed 13 applications for FFT Silviculture Round 30, and 9 applications were funded. A total of $2.2 million was requested and $1.9 million was approved for distribution (86% approval). This complements funds distributed in 2009 FFT Silviculture Round 29, where 22 of 49 applications received partial or full funding (39% of funds requested).

The regional distribution of funds for 2010 FFT Silviculture Round 30 can be found to the left - click image to enlarge. 






 

Regional distribution of 2009 FFT Silviculture Round 29 Funds - click on image to enlarge.
 

 

The following table summarizes the amount of funding requested and approved by category in 2010 FFT Silviculture Round 30:
 

 

Round 30 Funding

Category

Requested $
(million)

Approved $
(million)

Cat. 1
Stand Improvement

$1.3

$.9

Cat. 2
Remediation

$.9

$1.0

TOTAL

$2.2

$1.9

 

 


March 22, 2010

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee extends an Invitation to apply to Silviculture Round 30.

 

 

 

 

 

February 22, 2010:

The 2008-2009 FFT Annual Report has been streamlined into a format for ease of downloading and reading. All project information previously available in the body of the annual report will be posted at the individual FFT program links (i.e., www.forestryfutures.ca/silvprog.htm) updated annually and provided in a separate link. We welcome any feedback regarding this new format. 


February 18, 2010:

MNR-RFP- Conduct of Independent Forest Audits for the Years 2010 and 2011

The Request for Proposals for the 2010 and 2011 Independent Forest Audits is now available

 

The closing date is scheduled for 2010-03-16 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT

 

December 18, 2009:

Forestry Futures Trust Silviculture Round 29 – Job Stimulus

Decisions

There were 49 applications submitted for funding for Round 29 of which 22 received either full or partial funding. Requested was $16 million and allocated was $6.2 million or 39% of the request. The Forestry Futures Trust Committee was pleased in the response to the call and the quality of the submissions. We recognize that eligible opportunities remain (see below).

The distribution of allocated funds by region is illustrated in the pie chart below.

Criteria on which the decisions were based are as follows:

Natural disturbance

Job creation/stock production

Quality of project (including # of hectares treated)

The production and planting of 10 million seedlings

Created 3,500 person/weeks of employment

The treatment of 8,000 hectares of Crown forest

The production and planting of 10 million seedlings
 

 

December 10, 2009:


Decisions for the Round 29 Job Stimulus Program have been made and applicants receiving funds have been contacted. Written responses to all applicants will be mailed by Friday, December 11, 2009. A decision summary will be posted the week of December 14th

 

November 09, 2009:

Invitation to Participate in Round 29

Silviculture Job Stimulus Program

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee is pleased to invite Sustainable Forest License holders and Managers of Crown units to participate in the twenty-ninth call for applications under the recently announced Silviculture Job Stimulus Program. This call is the result of a special new one year silviculture job stimulus program announced earlier today by the Hon. Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. The program will provide up to $6 million in additional work for the silviculture service industry.

The Committee is holding a conference call on Tuesday November 10th to roll out this new initiative. SFL holders, MNR Districts and silviculture service providers are encouraged to participate. Conference call details will be e-mailed to our contact lists on Monday afternoon. If you have not been contacted please call (807)343-8503 to be put on our list.

The Committee has streamlined the application and reporting process for this special round. Applications are due by November 27, 2009, with decisions made December 4 2009.

For more information about the Silviculture Job Stimulus Program and Application Forms please go to this link.
 

November 02, 2009:

2010 and 2011 Independent Forest Audits

The Forestry Futures Trust Committee extends an invitation to all interested forestry and environmental auditors to bid on the upcoming Independent Forest Audit (IFA) contracts. A diverse auditor pool enhances the IFA program in conducting independent and thorough reviews of forestry in Ontario to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations and to provide their professional assessment regarding the sustainability of our forests. To ensure an open and transparent process, we have provided the following information on our web site…. 2010 and 2011 IFA

In total FFT Silviculture Round 29 – Job Stimulus


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