Scope of Professional Forestry

The scope of practice for professional forestry in Ontario is detailed in the Professional Foresters Act, 2000.  The following information comes directly from sections 3(1) and 3(2) of the Act:

The practice of professional forestry is the provision of services in relation to the development, management, conservation and sustainability of forests and urban forests where those services require knowledge, training and experience equivalent to that required to become a member under this Act and includes,

  • the designing, specifying or approving of silvicultural prescriptions and treatments, including timber 
    harvesting;
  • the appraisal, evaluation and certification of forests and urban forests;
  • the auditing of forest management practices;
  • the assessment of impacts from planned activities on forests and urban forest
  • the classification, inventory and mapping of forests and urban forests; an
  • the planning and locating of forest transportation systems, including forest roads.

The practice of professional forestry does not include acts performed in relation to the management or manipulation of forests if they are performed,

  • personally by individuals on land which they own;
  • by a person acting within the scope of practice of a profession, trade or occupation that is listed 
    in the regulations;
  • by persons responding to an emergency situation such as a forest fire;
  • by persons acting under the supervision of a member;
  • by students enrolled in a forestry education program and under the supervision of the course instructor 
    in the program;
  • by a member of the armed forces while on duty; or
  • by a person engaged in scientific research.