Quinte Conservation owns over 30,000 acres (or over 12,000 hectares) of Conservation Lands that are certified under global standard of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). As part of a larger certification group (covering many community forests in Southern Ontario); the Eastern Ontario Model Forest maintains the group certification standards through field audits, education, and collaborating with senior levels of government. This certification continues to ensure sustainable harvest management of our commercial forests throughout the three watersheds in our jurisdiction. It is important to note that only 4,000 acres (or 1,620 hectares) of QC lands are considered to be ‘commercial'; and that the commercial forests are plantations that converted poor agricultural fields back to their original forested state. The remaining properties remain held in public trust as widely visited Conservation Areas and nature reserve lands.

Having a FSC certification guarantees that any FSC-labelled product (and the subsequent supply chain) is being managed to the highest of standards available for the forest industry. Learn more about the FSC Certification here.