Managing Your Woodlands

By employing the services of a Registered Professional Forester, woodland owners receive a variety of services and benefits.

Get the most value and enjoyment from your forest now and in the future with the help of a Registered Professional Forester (R.P.F).  R.P.F's can provide you with expert advice on timber harvesting, tree planting, recreational planning and wildlife habitat management.  They can also do the work for you.

Registered Professional Foresters have the diverse knowledge and experience to advise you on the technical, ecological and financial aspects of managing a woodland.  All R.P.F.'s have a degree in forestry from an accredited university (or equivalent education certified by the Ontario Professional Foresters Association) and essential practical experience.

Management Planning

An R.P.F. can:

  • Help develop goals and strategies for realizing the long-term potential of woodlands;
  • Provide information on suitable reforestation and woodland improvements;
  • Prepare a management plan to outline and implement any actions you may be considering;
  • Develop recommendations on the management of wildlife habitat.

Natural Area Interpretation

An R.P.F. can assess your woodland by:

  • Identifying the range of social, economic, recreational and aesthetic value present in your woodland;
  • Providing an estimate of timber volume and value in the woodland;
  • Assisting you with negotiating and drafting a logging contract;
  • Supervising trail development, wildlife habitat development and other activities to ensure your interests are protected;
  • Ensuring your activities in the woodland follow government bylaws and guidelines.


R.P.F's can provide woodland owners with natural area information by:

  • Evaluating the diversity of species and habitats of your woodland;
  • Mapping the ecological characteristics of your property;
  • Assessing the sustainability of the forest and natural heritage values.

To obtain membership in the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (O.P.F.A.) and become a Registered Professional Forester, a forester must meet specific educational and practical experience requirements, and be sponsored by R.P.F's.  As described in the Professional Foresters Act 2000, the O.P.F.A. serves as the governing body for foresters in Ontario, ensuring professionalism and accountability.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional standards of practice.

The Ontario Professional Foresters Association has a long tradition of striving for improved standards, legislation and forest management programs in Ontario for both public and private lands.


For more information on Registered Professional Foresters and woodlands issues, contact the OPFA office.