With a variety of natural resource professionals on staff, including Registered Professional Foresters (Ontario), NorthWinds has the capacity and expertise to meet all forest policy and management needs. NorthWinds is committed to finding creative solutions to complex issues, while ensuring resource decisions are environmentally, socially, and economically balanced.
NorthWinds has demonstrated the ability to help to build natural resource management capacity. We allocate capacity building funds under every joint project we have and follow through on these commitments. We work with communities to engage the youth in post-secondary natural resource education, while providing professional development and mentoring opportunities.
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Youth Engagement and Mentoring
Community Workshops and Information Sessions
Community-led land use planning
Traditional knowledge collection and mapping
Forest Management Planning
Professional Forester services
Development of Forest Management Plans
Forest Management Plan maintenance services
Long-term strategic modelling and planning
Stakeholder Consultation & Information Centers
Forest Management Services
Annual Work Schedules
Independent Forest Audit support
Development and implementation of Silvicultural programs
Regeneration monitoring & Silvicultural Effectiveness surveys
Tree improvement & seed orchard maintenance
General forestry consulting services
Regulatory Review and Analysis
Forest Certification services
Jurisdictional policy scans
Review of policy barriers and strategic opportunities
Identification of applicable case studies and research
Wabadowgang Noopming Forest Management Plan
In Joint Venture with Whitesand First Nation, NorthWinds Environmental Services has been contracted by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to develop a 2-year Contingency Plan and 10-year Forest Management Plan for Wabadowgang Noopming Management Unit in northwestern Ontario (formerly known as the Armstrong Portion of the Lake Nipigon Forest).
Community Land Use Plan
In early 2019, Whitesand First Nation secured four-year federal Nature Legacy funding to explore alternative forest and land management strategies that meet the community’s needs for wildlife, social and economic benefits, access management and value protection. This project prioritizes community input in order to establish locally determined and culturally appropriate forest management plans.
As such, a community engagement approach was designed to increase awareness and engagement of Whitesand community members in forest management and habitat management processes. One of the project’s main objectives is to build the community’s forest management capacity through youth training and mentoring. The project engages community members with backgrounds in forestry and environmental fields, to increase the effectiveness and application of local knowledge in forest management decisions.