About Us

The National Voice
of Forest Practitioners

Our Story

The Canadian Institute of Forestry / Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC) is a not-for-profit, member-based organization. Founded in 1908, the CIF-IFC is the oldest forest society in Canada, serving as the voice of forest practitioners representing foresters, forest technologists and technicians, ecologists, biologists, educators and many others with an interest in forests and forestry.

The Institute is dedicated to…

Providing national leadership in forestry and forest stewardship

Promoting competency among forest practitioners

Fostering public awareness and education of forest and forestry issues

Our Members

Our interdisciplinary membership offers the expertise needed to ensure Canada’s forests are vibrant, healthy and sustainable.


Our 18 Sections, including 1 international Section, provide local and regional presence.

Join Today!

Become a member of a long-standing forestry institution dedicated to the sustainability of the wide range of goods and services that forests provide.


To inspire confidence and pride in Canadian forestry – nationally and internationally.


Provide national leadership in forestry and forest stewardship, promote competency among forest practitioners, and foster public awareness and education of forest and forestry issues.


The Voice of Forest Practitioners

Forests without Borders

Forests without Borders is a registered charity in Canada established by members of the CIF-IFC. Understanding the synergies between proper forestry practices and sustainable development, Forests without Borders works independently or with existing non-government organizations to protect, conserve and restore forested lands, and to educate the public about the importance of healthy forested ecosystems nationally and internationally.

Visit the Forests without Borders website here.