The Prince Albert Model Forest (PAMF) is a non-profit partnership of forest users committed to the sustainability of Saskatchewan’s forests through research, education and the equitable sharing of forest resources. We are supported by direct funding from the Canadian Forest Service and by partner contributions and belong to the Canadian Model Forest Network and the International Model Forest Network.
Since it began in 1992, the PAMF has gained credibility as a leader in integrated resource management, and has developed strong partnerships linking industry, governments, aboriginal groups, communities, and researchers. We are recognized internationally and nationally for our strength in aboriginal partnerships.
As a conduit between partners, our goal is to facilitate the connections required between organizations or individuals who can assist each other in achieving the goals and objectives that further community sustainability. The principles of inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, integrity, fairness and effective governance form the basis for all of our work.
We provide a forum of neutral ground, mutual respect for discussion and sharing of ideas, problems, concerns and solutions. Decisions are made that favour multiple partners rather than just one, create models for long-term sustainability that can be applied to multiple communities, and remove barriers to multi-sector approaches. We gather and share ideas and knowledge in the interest of improving and strengthening working relationships among the partnership. We apply the principle of adaptive management, making modifications as required to improve our effectiveness.
Prince Albert Model Forest is located in central Saskatchewan, Canada and covers 10,000,000 hectares in the mid-boreal upland ecoregion of the boreal forest. The PA Model Forest area includes portions of Prince Albert National Park and it’s community of Waskesiu, the Resort Village of Candle Lake, the Weyerhaeuser Forest Management Agreement area, the reserve lands and community of Montreal Lake Cree Nation, the reserve lands of Lac La Ronge Indian Band and part of the provincial Crown land base. In short, through portions of their land base, all citizens of Saskatchewan are part of the Model Forest Partnership.
The goals of the PAMF are to work with forest communities to develop governance models for creating new resource-based opportunities, to build capacity among local people including Aboriginal communities, to manage those resources and new opportunities, to provide the tools and the forum that brings diverse groups together to integrate land management, develop ideas and find solutions that lead to community sustainability.