Canadian Model Forest Network

Canadian Model Forest Network

February 23, 2012 14:21 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Model Forest Network 20th Anniversary Reception

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2012) - The Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) cordially invites you to join us when we host our 20th Anniversary kickoff celebration on Tuesday, February 28th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. This reception will feature brief presentations (starting at 5:30pm) from both the CMFN and the International Model Forest Network Secretariat, followed by a short awards ceremony honouring the significant contributions of individuals across Canada who helped make various Model Forest (MF) programs a success. A casual networking and social event will follow.

Event: Canadian Model Forest Network 20th Anniversary Reception
Date: Tuesday, February 28th
Time: 5:00 pm (local time)
Where: Ottawa Marriott Hotel (Sussex Salon) - 100 Kent St. Ottawa, ON

An rsvp would be appreciated but not necessary.

Invited Guests: Natural Resources Canada Minister Joe Oliver; MPs and Senators from across Canada representing Model Forest regions; Senators from the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry; representatives from the Canadian Forest Service's Forest Communities Program (FCP); CMFN Executive and Board members; Member MF General Managers; key partners; International Model Forest Network Secretariat representatives; members of the media.

Background: The Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN) along with its 14 Model Forest (MF) members located across Canada and the International Model Forest Network, are marking their 20th anniversary this year. The Model Forest concept originated in Canada and introduced globally by Prime Minister Mulroney at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. Twenty years later there are more than 60 Model Forests in over 30 countries on 5 continents around the world, encompassing over 100 million hectares of forested landscapes. The concept has proven to be a successful model for broad-based stakeholder collaboration, resulting in effective and sustainable forest management and community development across a wide variety of forest ecosystems, landscapes and cultures both at home and abroad. The Model Forest program is a good news story for Canada and has become a living international forest legacy that continues to have a growing global reach and impact.

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