The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers regularly publishes reports and studies to inform and contribute to the knowledge base of Canada’s Forests. Choose one of the publication types below to access recently released publications or use the search to find information by keyword or topic.


Recent Releases


Review of conceptual advances in disturbances interactions

The Forest Pest Working Group (FPWG) under the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) is working towards best practices for analysis, decision-making and action to make forest pest management in Canada more proactive, more coordinated, and ultimately more effective. Its work focuses on developing and implementing a National Forest Pest Strategy, providing an integrated framework for prevention, detection, and response. The aim is to help all the jurisdictions involved work together to maintain healthy forests and a sustainable forest sector.


Strategic Plan for Climate-Sensitive Growth and Yield Modelling

The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) is pursuing a collaborative, national level initiative to develop climate-sensitive growth and yield models. The ultimate outcome is envisioned to be a national-level open-source approach, applicable in both managed and unmanaged forests, drawing from a diversity of approaches and models and having characteristics of interoperability, modularity, scalability, and complementarity with models developed by provincial and territorial forest management agencies. The climate-sensitive growth and yield modelling initiative will help advance the understanding of how climate change is affecting forest growth or mortality in the present and how future forests will be affected by these changes. Developing more accurate and reliable growth and yield models will support the sustainable management of forest resources.


Canadian Wildland Fire Prevention and Mitigation Strategy

The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers has spearheaded the development of the Canadian Wildland Fire Prevention and Mitigation Strategy (the Strategy). The Strategy outlines a vision, goals, commitments, and targets to provide a clear path forward for wildland fire prevention and mitigation efforts in Canada. The Strategy highlights the need for a whole-of-society approach and builds upon the progress already made by all governments, Indigenous Peoples, and other partners to manage wildland fire. The Strategy reflects over two years of engagement by the CCFM with municipal, provincial, territorial, federal and self-governments, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis representatives, academia, industry, and many others across Canada. Together, our combined efforts can build a more wildland fire resilient society.


Renewed Forest Bioeconomy Framework

Ministers endorsed a Renewed Forest Bioeconomy Framework. The Renewed Framework builds on the 2017 Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada by focusing directly on addressing the continuing challenges the forest sector faces to realize the potential of the forest bioeconomy in Canada. A corresponding set of responsive actions for jurisdictions to implement as appropriate was developed to accelerate the development of the bioeconomy in Canada, in line with sustainable forest management frameworks in the provinces and territories. These actions include creating biomass availability maps and supporting development of certification tools; developing standards for bioproducts and environmental performance; and coordinating support for demonstration projects. In doing so, this framework will help ensure Canada’s bioeconomy thrives as a high value sector and a central contributor to climate, environmental, economic and social goals.


The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers’ framework of Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management in Canada

Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) created a framework of Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management in Canada, composed of 6 criteria and 46 indicators. The framework was developed through extensive input from stakeholders in the forest community. This report provides information that will improve public dialogue and decision making on the outcomes desired and the actions needed to continue to move the nation toward sustainable forest management.

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