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Forests and forest resources are integral to Canadian life. The Canadian Forest Service is a science-based policy organization within Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), 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.


The Canadian Forest Service provides science and policy expertise and advice on national forest sector issues. CFS promotes:

  • environmental leadership in Canada’s forest sector
  • a visionary approach to sustainable forest management planning and policies
  • a science and research-based understanding of the forests

One of the Service’s core mandates is to conduct scientific research on Canada’s forests. This research can be used to inform forest management planning and policy decisions and to assist the forest industry, the public and other scientists.

CFS scientists provide expertise and tools on topics such as forest fire monitoring, insect and disease identification, forest monitoring, climate change research, biodiversity, conservation, protection, industry innovation and more. Our policy analysts provide expertise in economic analysis, policy-decisions and planning as well as guidance on forest sector issues.

The Canadian Forest Service also plays a critical role in enabling the transformation of the forest sector as it moves away from the traditional ways of the past toward a future focused on innovation and market diversification.

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