The Société de protection des forêts contre les insectes et maladies (SOPFIM), is a private, non-profit organization which was founded in 1990 following adoption of the Quebec Forest Act. It is, as a result, the sole actor authorized to implement protection measures against forest insect pests and cryptogamic diseases. Funding for SOPFIM is provided jointly by the forest industry and the government of Quebec. Members of SOPFIM include forest companies which are holders of a timber supply and forest management agreement, the owners of major private forests covering more than 800 hectares, and the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources. Actually, our principal term of reference is to protect the provincial forests against the current spruce budworm outbreak.
Reflecting the vision of its members, SOPFIM seeks to protect forests according to an approach that is both effective and environmentally-friendly. To this end, SOPFIM has adopted an environmental management system registered with the ISO 14001 standard. This system covers all of SOPFIM’s activities – from planning to implementation.
During endemic periods, SOPFIM also performs external mandates in the public health and agricultural sectors. These activities enable SOPFIM's specialists to remain on the leading edge of insect control. Examples of projects that SOPFIM has been involved in include programs to control biting insects that transmit West Nile virus or malaria and programs to control desert locusts in Western Africa.
Dedicated to the health of our forests!