Manitoba Model Forest

Country: Canada
Location: Pine Falls, Manitoba
Area :  1 047 069 hectares
Contact information
Name: Brian Kotak
Address: 3 Walnut Street, P.O. Box 6500, Pine Falls, Manitoba, Canada R0E 1M0
Phone: 204-367-4541

Forest and resource profile

Manitoba Model Forest researches, designs and implements distinct working-scale projects that strive to develop sustainable forest management practices in the Boreal Forest. Since 1993, the Manitoba Model Forest has successfully completed over 400 short and long term research, development, education and communication projects. These projects span a diverse range of subjects from charting woodland caribou migration patterns using Global Positioning System technology; to enhancing forest resource inventories and building lasting partnerships between diverse forest stakeholders. Currently, science efforts are focused on developing local level indicators (LLI) of sustainable forest management and mimicking natural disturbances by altering logging techniques and patterns.
The Manitoba Model Forest has provided environmental resources management services in areas such as:
  • Reforestation & Agro-Forestry
  • Community-based management
  • Gender equity
  • Urban environmental protection
  • Environmental education
  • Institutional strengthening & Governance
  • Capacity development
  • Environmental assessment
  • Ecotourism & Land use planning
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Woodlot management
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Forest plantations
  • Sustainable forest and natural resource management
Economic profile
This boreal forest region is a popular recreational area with over a century of timber harvesting history. For the last seventy years, the area has been the principal supply area for a major newsprint mill. In addition, mining, commercial and sport fishing, and tourism are a part of this vibrant boreal forest community.
Why a Model Forest?
Key management challenges/issues revolve around the need for multi-stakeholder planning. The region has diverse stakeholder requirements including but not limited to fiber supply for newsprint and other wood product industries; habitat for threatened wildlife species; recreation; and traditional aboriginal land use.
The Model Forest approach was adopted as the most effective method to develop innovative solutions to landscape management challenges that were sustainable and inclusive of forest stakeholders at all levels. The Manitoba Model Forest has one of the largest Board of Directors representing Aboriginal communities, local government districts, Non-governmental organizations such as environmental groups and trappers; forest industry and economic development agencies.
  • Indigenous- 20 %
  • Governments - 10%
  • Academia -  9%
  • NGOs - 13%
  • Other - 48%
Strategic goals - currently under review
Accomplishments to date
The Manitoba Model Forest has created numerous tools and references including best practices manuals such titles as:
  • "Managing Your Private Woodlot: a guide to best management practices"
  • "A Guide to Harvesting Practices to Regenerate a Natural Forest"
The Manitoba Model Forest has created habitat models for Woodland caribou and Moose including the most recent title: "Landscape Management Strategy for the Owl Lake Boreal Woodland Caribou Herd, Eastern Manitoba" 
The Manitoba Model Forest has worked internationally most recently in partnership with Mexico:
  •  "Reforestation and Agro-Forestry Sites in the Monarch Butterfly Model Forest -  A joint Manitoba - Mexico Initiative"

 The Manitoba Model Forest in Cooperation with Manitoba Education has produced a new resource for Manitoba's Science Educators. "The Sustainable Forest Ecosystems: A Senior 2 Science Unit" assists the educator to bring sustainable forest ecosystems to the classroom. Introduced to science teachers in 2004

International policy links (planned) - currently under review
  • Influence of Watershed Features and Disturbance History on Water Quality in Boreal Shield Streams and Rivers of Eastern Manitoba. Project  04-2-63. PDF document.
  • Managing Your Private Woodlot: a guide to best management practices. PDF files
  • Reforestation and Agro-Forestry Sites in the Monarch Butterfly Model Forest -  A joint Manitoba - Mexico Initiative
See web site for more free publications and tools available for download.