Canadian Association of Forest Owners logoPFLA continues to enthusiastically support the Canadian Association of Forest Owners (CAFO) to ensure PFLA member interests are sufficiently represented in Ottawa.

Managing Director, Chris Lee, is encouraged to report that CAFO members are making steady progress working with like-minded and influential organizations across the country to effectively carry a united and consistent message to Ottawa.

CAFO is actively participating in the National SARA Forestry Sector Roundtable process. An initiative led by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), the roundtable brings together FPAC member companies, provincial forest industry associations and CAFO.

After a number of conference calls, the group met face-to-face in Ottawa last week. The goals of the meeting included:

  • Provide participants with information about the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
  • Discuss progress on recovery documents
  • Compare experiences with different provincial approaches to species recovery

Chris Lee provided the group with an update on the work CAFO is doing with Environment Canada to include forest certification as a means of demonstrating protection under the Species at Risk Act.

The meeting also included a half-day session devoted to discussing how to move forward as a sector and how to engage with the new federal government.

CAFO is also working closely with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners (CFWO) to finalize a letter to the newly appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.

Chris Lee explains, “The letter from the national organizations representing forest owners, land managers and farmers across the country requests a meeting with Minister McKenna to discuss how we can best support her to deliver on priorities related to species at risk and migratory birds.”

CFA, CFWO and CAFO have agreed on three priority areas to work on with the Minister and her department:

  1. The two-step process for identification of wildlife habitat (first on public land and second on private land).
  2. Allowances for incidental take under the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
  3. Recognition and support for valuing the provision of ecological goods and services provided by landowners to Canadians.

Chris Lee sees these activities as “valuable relationships that help CAFO bring forward our issues with important key partners—other landowners and other forest managers.”

To learn more about CAFO, please visit the CAFO website or contact Chris Lee.

You might also be interested in highlights from PFLA’s trip to Ottawa earlier this year.