Enhancing Forest Habitat
  • Forest Certification
  • Good Forest Management Practices
  • Good Forestry Practices
  • Timber Management
  • Tree Planting Subsidy Programs
  • Maple Syrup Production
  • Tree Planting Subsidy Program
  • Tree Planting
  • Woodlot Management Overview
  • Restoring Old Growth Characteristics
  • Forest Health
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Forest Certification
  • Good Forest Management Practices
  • Good Forestry Practices
  • Timber Management
  • Tree Planting Subsidy Programs
  • Maple Syrup Production
  • Tree Planting Subsidy Program
  • Tree Planting
  • Woodlot Management Overview
  • Restoring Old Growth Characteristics
  • Forest Health
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

    "/> Enhancing Forest Habitat
  • Forest Certification
  • Good Forest Management Practices
  • Good Forestry Practices
  • Timber Management
  • Tree Planting Subsidy Programs
  • Maple Syrup Production
  • Tree Planting Subsidy Program
  • Tree Planting
  • Woodlot Management Overview
  • Restoring Old Growth Characteristics
  • Forest Health
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

    "/> Enhancing Forest Habitat
  • Forest Certification
  • Good Forest Management Practices
  • Good Forestry Practices
  • Timber Management
  • Tree Planting Subsidy Programs
  • Maple Syrup Production
  • Tree Planting Subsidy Program
  • Tree Planting
  • Woodlot Management Overview
  • Restoring Old Growth Characteristics
  • Forest Health
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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    Restoring Old Growth Characteristics

    Very few forests exist in southern Ontario which have never been impacted by humans. Unfortunately, they were long gone before we realized how important they were for maintaining a high level of biodiversity. Old growth forest structure supports so many different species of plants and animals.

    Over time however, we can create old growth characteristics in our forests by active or by passive management. If you're fortunate enough to have bought a property with some 100-year-old trees already, then you're halfway there. Passive management means allowing nature to take its course which is, of course, extremely slow. Careful active management could accelerate the process. Different approaches may work best for different parts of your property, but long-term planning is essential no matter what your approach.

    Visit the following websites to learn how best to restore old growth characteristics on your land.

    The Old-Growth Forests of Southern Ontario: This extension note from OMNR provides information on the characteristics of old-growth forests and the many species that depend on these features for survival. This information provides good guidance if you want your woodlot to eventually have old-growth characteristics.

    Restoring Old Growth Features to Forests in Southern Ontario is an extension note which provides information on ways of restoring the diversity and increasing the number of old growth features in managed forests, while maintaining their ability to provide timber, fuelwood, maple syrup, nuts and places for recreation.

    Restoring Old Growth Characteristics is published by the University of Massachusetts. This excellent 11-page booklet explains the active and passive approaches very well and will help you begin your long-term planning.

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    Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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