About the Canadian Forest Service
Forests and forest resources are integral to Canadian life. The Canadian Forest Service is a science-based policy organization within Natural Resources Canada, a Government of Canada department that helps shape the natural resources sector’s important contributions to the economy, society and the environment.
Made up of research scientists, technicians, economists, policy analysts and other dedicated professionals, the Canadian Forest Service develops and shares knowledge about forests and brings together stakeholders to address regional, national and global forest issues. Whether conducting research in the field, performing tests in the lab or analyzing information and data, Canadian Forest Service staff are working to ensure a healthy forest and a strong forest sector for Canada.
For more than a century, the Canadian Forest Service has conducted research on the health of Canada’s forests to ensure that our nation’s forest sector needs are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Today, using scientific data and economic analysis, the Canadian Forest Service plays a leadership role in advancing a new model for the forest sector, focused on two key areas: sustainability and competitiveness.
In its work related to sustainability, the Canadian Forest Service uses knowledge of natural and human-caused forest disturbances to develop models, tools and advice for forest practitioners, as well as adaptation options for addressing climate change. It also ensures that policy decisions related to resource development and sustainability are based on sound research.
In its work on competitiveness, the Canadian Forest Service aims at increasing economic opportunities for the Canadian forest sector; adding economic value to the forest sector through innovation; integrating innovation efforts and institutions into a more effective national system; and addressing challenges and building on new opportunities for forest-based communities.