Forests cover 69 million hectares of the Province of Ontario.
Parks and protected areas cover 9.5 million hectares, resulting in 12%of the Crown land managed for forestry being permanently protected.
Additional areas are off limits to forest operations (up to 60% in some areas) through the application of forest management guidelines designed to address non-timber values (e.g. wildlife such as bald eagle and forest-dwelling woodland caribou, water quality, cultural heritage sites).
Ontario’s Wood products sector harvests 210,000 hectares annually, about one third of one percent of Ontario’s forested areas and three times less than the average amount lost to natural disturbance such as fire, insects and wind.
According to the United Nations FAO State of the World’s Forests report, Canada’s deforestation rate is zero.
Canada retains 91 percent of its original forest cover, more than any other country in the world while have a large and thriving forest products industry for more than 100 years.
With 134 million hectares (300 million acres) of certified forest, Canada has the largest area of third party, independently certified and internationally recognized (CSA, SFI, FSC) forest in the world.
Approximately 80% of Ontario Crown lands managed for forest operations in Ontario are certified to independent, internationally recognized certification systems (CSA, FSC, SFI).
Ontario forest practices are governed by a world-class, platinum standard regulatory framework that includes the protection of species at risk and their habitat.
Due in part to forestry practices, today the bald eagle is no longer endangered in Northern Ontario and similar good news stories exist for other species, including the red-shouldered hawk, southern flying squirrel, and most recently forest dwelling woodland caribou.
Ontario's forestry sector regenerates the trees that it harvests. Over a span of just five years, forestry companies in Ontario planted over HALF A BILLION (656,770,000) trees. That’s an average of 131 million trees a year.