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.


Our Services

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Capacity Building

  • Youth Engagement and Mentoring

  • Community Workshops and Information Sessions

  • Joint Ventures

  • 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

  • Data preparation/analysis

  • Stakeholder Consultation & Information Centers


Forest Management Services

  • Annual Work Schedules

  • Annual Reporting

  • Independent Forest Audit support

  • Development and implementation of Silvicultural programs

  • Project management

  • 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


Current Projects

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.


Our Valued Clients and Partners

Collaborative Efforts


Whitesand First Nation


Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry


Natural Resources Canada


Forest Products Association of Canada


ByNature Design

Wagner Ontario Forest Management

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Lakehead University


KBM Resources Group


Lac Des Mille Lacs



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