The OPFA is committed to actively contributing
to the sustainability of Ontario's forests by assuring the highest
professional standards of practice in forestry. The OPFA will carry
out this mandate by:
- Advocating the highest standards of practice;
- Establishing and enforcing high standards
of professionalism among members;
- Promoting competency and continuing education
- Influencing forest policy; and
- Enhancing public awareness.
is the OPFA?
The OPFA is responsible for the regulation of the
practice of professional forestry in Ontario and to govern its members
in accordance with the Ontario
Professional Foresters Act 2000, the regulations
and the By-laws in order that the public interest may be served
and protected. It is a member based, non-profit, non-political organization
with approximately 1000 Registered Professional Foresters from all levels
of government, industry and education.
The OPFA is dedicated to regulating its members
and ensuring the highest standards in the practice of professional
forestry, and in advancing the practice and awareness of forestry
for both public and privately owned lands in the province of Ontario.
Membership in the OPFA is open to anyone who
has or is seeking a career in the forestry profession. The
Association was originally incorporated by the 25th Legislature
of the Province of Ontario by Bill 10 on April 3, 1957 under the
Professional Foresters Association Act.
The governing Council acts as the Board of Directors.
The Council consists of at least nine elected members of the Association
with representation from at least one Councilor for each of the
OPFA's six regions (Northwest, Northeast, Centralwest, Centraleast,
Southwest, Southeast) and five public appointees to Council.
On October 16, 2000, Bill 110, An Act respecting
the regulation of the practice of Professional Forestry (The Professional
Foresters Act 2000), was passed by the Ontario Legislature. This
legislation was proclaimed on May 1, 2001 and established the OPFA
as the licensing body for professional foresters in Ontario. See
also the Association By-laws and Regulations.
Registered Professional Foresters are committed
- The sound management of Ontario's forests;
- The highest professional standards of practice;
- Public accountability for their actions;
- The principles of stewardship and sustainability;
- Adherence to a Code of Ethics or see Regulations.
Benefits of Membership include:
- Exclusive use of the title of Registered
Professional Forester and the initials R.P.F.;
- Connections to an Ontario-wide professional,
business and social network;
- Access to the OPFA's Continuing Education
- Quarterly issues of The Professional Forester
- Career opportunities and technical information
through the OPFA website;
- An annual conference;
- Discounts on Errors and Omissions Insurance;
- Leadership development opportunities through
volunteering in the OPFA.
The strength of our Association lies in the
degree of enthusiasm which our members bring to the profession.
Beyond the basic level of service provided by OPFA staff, everything
the OPFA does depends on the efforts and commitment of its volunteers.
Members can get involved by:
- Helping develop and implement policy;
- Supporting one of the many committees e.g..
Standards of Practice, Continuing Education;
- Sponsoring and mentoring Provisional Members
in advancing to full membership;
- Serving a membership examiners; and
- Contributing to The Professional Forester
The objectives of the Ontario Professional Foresters
Association (OPFA) are to promote and increase the knowledge, skill
and proficiency of its members in all things related to forestry
and to regulate the practice of professional forestry among its
To meet this objective the association will:
- promote and increase the knowledge, skill
and proficiency of its members in all things related to forestry;
- establish, maintain and develop standards
of skill and knowledge among its members;
- establish, maintain, develop, and enforce
standards of qualification and standards of practice for the practice
of professional forestry;
- establish, maintain, and enforce a code of
ethics among its members;
- receive and investigate complaints and allegations
against its members and where necessary apply disciplinary measures;
- promote public awareness of the role of the
Association and to communicate with the public on its members
- provide vocational guidance to those wishing
to enter the profession.
The OPFA has established a Code of Ethics as
a guide for the Professional Forester's conduct in dealings with
the public; clients; other professional foresters and oneself.
The Ontario Professional Foresters Association
(OPFA) and its members want to ensure that province's forests are
managed in the public interest and to this end has developed its
Strategic Plan. The association has completed discussions with government
to increase the authority and accountability of the forestry profession
in order to secure the highest standards of forest management in
Ontario and achieved passage of The Professional Foresters Act 2000.
The Association issues position statements on forestry matters.
For information on becoming a member check out our membership page.
Licensing professional foresters has transformed
the practice of forestry in Ontario. The practice of forestry will
move, in law and in the marketplace, from a highly skilled occupation
to a self-governing profession. The main reason the OPFA is promoting
this change is the growing need for an accountable, independent
profession to provide expert, professional services aimed at ensuring
the best possible forest management practices in Ontario.
The Association has developed an excellent brochure,
"Managing Your Woodlands", which sets out how an Registered
Professional Forester or an Associate Member can help in the management
of forest property. This brochure is available by contacting the
OPFA office. The Association office maintains and has available
a list of Consulting Registered Professional Foresters that are
available to conduct consulting work.
The Province of Ontario has implemented a Managed
Forest Tax Incentive Program to encourage
the active management of private woodlands and provides for reduced
property taxes on the woodlot. This program requires the completion
and approval of a twenty year management plan and a ten-year plan
of activities. A number of the Association's Registered Professional
Foresters are certified as Plan Approvers.
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