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Non Governmentals

Directory of NGOs Working in the Forest Sector in Canada


Agroforestry & Woodlot Extension Society is a non-profit society that is a joint venture between government, industry, and conservation agencies. The objective is to provide extension services to encourage the environmental stewardship in Alberta.

Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute conducts world-class biodiversity monitoring of more than 2000 species and habitats to support decision-making with scientific knowledge about provincial biodiversity. ABMI provides knowledge to management agencies so that they can make informed decisions.

Alberta Wilderness Association - The Alberta Wilderness Association is a non-profit wilderness advocacy/conservation group whose motto is "Protecting wild Alberta through Awareness and Action." The AWA is the oldest active conservation group in the province, as we celebrate our 31st year of existence. We achieve our goals through lawful means.

Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation - Granting entity that provides funding support to conservation initiatives that contribute to healthy and sustainable wild Atlantic salmon in the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec.

Blue Lake Forest Education Society is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing quality outdoor education and recreation opportunities through an outdoor camp setting. It officially opened in 1977, but has been in operation since 1974.

British Columbia Community Forest Association (BCCFA) - is a network of rural, community-based organizations in BC that are engaged in community forest management, as well as those seeking to establish community forests.

British Columbia Forests Society is a non-profit, volunteer group formed in 2004. We are a citizen advocate for high standard forest stewardship in BC.

Canadian Council on Ecological Areas is a nationally registered charity that was established in 1983. The main goals of the organization are to promote the establishment of a comprehensive system of protected areas --- representative of Canada's terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The CCEA is largely a science based organization.

Canadian Ecology Centre - A centre for environmental learning and eco-tourism. A place of mutual discovery where the environmentally concerned and the natural resource sector come together for the benefit of the forest.

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is a non-profit, public interest organization established in 1970 to use existing laws to protect the environment and to advocate environmental law reforms.

Canadian Environmental Network - For more than thirty years, the Canadian Environmental Network has been facilitating networking between environmental organizations and others who share its mandate - To Protect the Earth and Promote Ecologically Sound Ways of Life.

Canadian Forestry Association has worked to promote understanding and cooperation in the protection and wise use of Canada's forest, water and wildlife resources. Entering its second century of service to Canadians, programs continue to be guided by the original mission to promote healthy attitudes towards forestry through public education.

Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) provides operational fire-control services, as well as management and information services to its Member Agencies. In addition to coordinating services for all of the provinces and territories, CIFFC often coordinates the sharing of resources with the United States and other countries.

Canadian Model Forest Network

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Our vision is to keep at least half of Canada's public land and water wild — forever. We focus on protecting many important areas of Canada's wilderness.

Ducks Unlimited Canada is the leader in wetland conservation. DUC partners with government, industry, other non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. DUC conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl.

The Ecoforestry Institute Society of Canada is dedicated to promoting ecologically, socially and economically responsible forest use that maintains and restores the complexity and diversity of our forests.

Ecojustice goes to court to defend the right of Canadians to a healthy environment. We are Canada's largest and foremost non-profit environmental law organization, Our trusted voice in the courts enables citizens to expose lawbreakers and hold governments accountable.

Ecology Action Centre (Nova Scotia) Public Lands - Last Call for Wilderness in Nova Scotia. Clearcutting is destroying our public lands. Visit the Ecology Action Centre to tour Nova Scotia’s endangered wilderness hot spots.

Ecotrust Canada builds the capacity of communities, institutions and businesses to participate in the conservation economy; raises and brokers capital to accelerate the transition to a conservation economy; and connects conservation

Federation of British Columbia Woodlot Associations promotes the economic and social interests of woodlot licensees, private forest landowners and others involved in small-scale forest management in British Columbia.

Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia is appointed by B.C.’s chief forester to guide tree improvement activities in the province.

The Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta was established in 1997. It's duties have been delegated by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry to promote and initiate projects that enhance Alberta's forest resources.

Forest Stewardship Council - Canada is an international non-profit organization founded in 1993 to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. FSC certification is internationally recognized.

Forests Ontario offers a broad suite of programs and services as well as create a stronger public presence advocating for abundant, healthy and sustainable forests.

Friends of Caren Oldgrowth Forest and Marbled Murrelet - is a volunteer community organization whose purpose is to promote the establishment of a shore to summit Park in the Caren Range on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. The Caren Range contains the oldest recorded trees in Canada as well as nesting habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet.

Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society is a not-for-profit stewardship society that works with park staff to enhance the natural and cultural heritage of Fish Creek Provincial Park, Canada's largest urban provincial park and natural area.

Friends of the Roxborough Greenbelt - This site describes the efforts of friends of the Roxborough Greenbelt to protect an urban forest in Sudbury, Ontario as a public natural park, and invites others to help in this goal.

Greenpeace Canada - Greenpeace is an independent not-for-profit campaigning organisation which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems. We research solutions and alternatives which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) - a non-profit organization established and supported by the Governments of Canada and Manitoba. IISD's mandate is to promote sustainable development in decision making within government, business and the daily lives of individuals in Canada and internationally.

Montreal Process Working Group - The "Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators" web site will provide up to date information on criteria and indicators as they relate to the "Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests".

National Aboriginal Forestry Association (NAFA) is a national organization created by forestry-minded Aboriginal people to advance the interests and needs of Aboriginal communities, organizations, enterprises and individuals involved in the forest sector.

Nature Alberta serves a membership of over 40 clubs and represents thousands of individuals across the province. These individuals share a passion for natural history.

Nature Canada is a member-based non-profit conservation organization. Our network includes 40,000 supporters and more than 350 naturalist organizations across Canada. Our mission is to protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Canada by engaging people and advocating on behalf of nature.

Nature Conservancy of Canada works to protect Canada’s most threatened natural habitats and the endangered species that call them home. NCC is Canada’s only national charity dedicated to preserving ecologically significant areas through outright purchase, donations and conservation easements.

New Brunswick Forest Safety Association is a not for profit safety association aimed at eliminating workplace accidents in the forest industry through education and training.

North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance is a non-profit society whose purpose is to protect and improve water quality and ecosystem functioning in the North Saskatchew an River watershed in Alberta.

Northeast Superior Forest Community In 2005, in the face of the growing crisis in the forestry sector, the mayors in the NE Superior Region developed a shared economic strategy for their communities. Recognizing that their future would continue to depend on the forests, they determined to make the forest resources work for their people.

Ontario Woodlot Association - brings woodlot owners together to share ideas and learn about forest management. Through a Private Land Forestry Code of Practice, we promote sustainable practices to help landowners realize their own objectives and to ensure the environmental and financial sustainability of these forests for future generations.

Poplar Council of Canada (PCC) is a national non-profit organization committed to the wise use, conservation and sustainable management of Canada's poplar resource, which includes aspen and cottonwood. PCC has members from industry, woodlot owners, universities, research establishments and provincial and federal governments.

Private Forest Landowners Association - The Private Forest Landowners Association (PFLA) represents owners of over 90 per cent of the private Managed Forests in British Columbia. PFLA members include individuals, companies and families. Over 60 per cent of the PFLA's membership is comprised of owners with land under 250 hectares.

Saskatchewan Forestry Association - is a not-for-profit agency delivering forest education materials and programming to both schools and the public at little or no cost to the end user. We provide a bias-balanced component to our programming ensuring that we can deliver objective information about the forest environment and current forestry issues.

Silva Forest Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization based in the West Kootenay of British Columbia, Canada. The board and staff of the SFF are scientists and activists with decades of experience in working with rural communities to develop diverse forest uses which protect, maintain and restore forests.

Sustainable Forest Management Network, one of Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence, provides interdisciplinary research on the management of the forests of Canada.

David Suzuki Foundation Wildlife and Habitat - We focus on creating alternatives to the industrial forestry model, and currently concentrate on Canada's coastal temperate rainforests and boreal forests. The alternative to industrial forestry models is an approach called ecosystem-based management.

Tree Canada Foundation exists to provide leadership and promote public awareness, education and community action in the planting and care of urban and rural trees throughout Canada.

Valhalla Wilderness Society - British Columbia - Community protests logging of watersheds. Government ignores local environmental concern for drinking water quality and risk of landslide. Injunctions served, arrests at blockades, court decisions. Forestry company builds roads.

Wilderness Committee is a registered non-profit environmental society with federal charitable status working through research and education for the preservation of wilderness in Canada and around the world. WCWC advocates and promotes ecological principles that achieve sustainable communities.

Wildlands League is a charitable organization founded in 1968. The League is the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. The Wildlands League promotes forest protection and sustainable forest management practices.

Woodlot Association of Alberta (WAA) is a non-profit organization lead by a volunteer board of directors. The goal of our organization is to promote leadership in sustainable forest management by increasing awareness of the forest's inherent social, economic and environmental values through education and advocacy groups.

World Wildlife Fund Canada is dedicated to saving life on Earth, through the conservation of nature and ecological processes. Conserving biological diversity -- saving the wealth of large and small pieces that make up our natural world --is essential to ensuring a livable future for humans and all species.