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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    Woodlot Management Overview

    Autumn ForestIf you are fortunate enough to have a woodlot on your rural property, you’ll want to learn how to care for it so that it continues to provide benefits. It is important to learn how your woodlot fits into the larger landscape beyond your property boundaries. For instance, is it isolated or is it part of a corridor of forest patches, stretching across several neighbouring properties? If your woodlot is large, it could have deep forest interior habitat which is home to a specialized group of wildlife species that don't exist anywhere else.

    Because there is so little forest cover left in most parts of southern Ontario and because 87 percent of the forested areas are privately owned, how landowners choose to manage them is important to everyone. You will have management options and your choices will have a wider impact than you may have realized.

    Most woodlot owners are not forest management experts. However there are many sources of information and organizations you can contact that can provide you with solid advice for managing your woodlot. If you are planning to harvest trees from your woodlot, perhaps for firewood, developing recreational trails, encouraging the growth of sugar maple for future maple syrup production or to sell sawlogs, you should know some basic principles of good forest management before you allow anyone to begin cutting. It helps to have a forest professional take an inventory and help you develop a plan that outlines your long-term goals because trees take a long time to grow. If you meet certain eligibility criteria, you could benefit from a property tax reduction as well.

    Following are some links to resources and information about managing your woodlot.

    Good Forestry Practices are essential if you want to produce ongoing quality forest products and healthy wildlife habitat. Follow the link to read a summary and learn how to develop a plan.

    A Landowner's Guide to Forest Management Basics was produced by a group of partners in south-central Ontario to provide woodlot managers with basic information to help meet these challenges and ensure tomorrow’s forests continue to provide groundwater protection, habitat, and high value forest products. Readers looking for in-depth information will find references to websites and reading materials among the explanations of essential forest topics.

    A Guide to Stewardship Planning for Natural Areas provides a framework to help rural landowners create a stewardship plan for their property. This 135 page guide, published by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, may be downloaded in PDF format. The Managed Forest Tax Guide describes how to qualify for the program and has applications forms.

    The Rural Landowner Stewardship Guide helps you see your property in a new way. It asks you to think about your land, the buildings and structures on your land, and how your actions affect the larger landscape, from a new point of view. It provides a framework to allow you to evaluate your property and its management. Through completion of the worksheets, you will learn what you are doing right, and where you can improve in protecting our natural environment. This manual is available for download in PDF format, as well as extra worksheets to help you rate your activities.

    Forestry Extension Notes: A series of information brochures is available from the Landowner Resource Centre and can be downloaded in PDF format.

    Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program: If your woodlot covers at least 4 hectares (9.888 acres) and has the required number and size of trees, you may be eligible to have your property tax reassessed at 25 percent of the municipal tax rate set for those portions of your property that qualify for the program. For more details about the Managed Forest Incentive Program (MFTIP) and to download guides to assist you, please visit our webpage dedicated to MFTIP.

    The Ontario Woodlot Association is a non-profit organization with a network of regional chapters located across the province. The OWA provides its members with up to date information on forest management, forest pests and diseases, invasive species and new government programs, laws and regulations. The OWA brings woodlot owners together to share ideas and learn about sustainable forest management. Regional Chapters frequently offer courses, such as chainsaw certification and maintenance, as well as woodlot tours and workshops featuring speakers on forest related topics.

     A variety of Forest Publications are available from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website.

    The Eastern Ontario Model Forest The EOMF works with government, landowners, industry, First Nations, non-government organizations and others to develop new ways to sustain and manage our forest resources.

    Forest Certification can be a feasible option for private woodlot owners who must compete in the market with large, industrial operators who are responding to consumer demand for wood products from sustainably managed forests.

    Tree Conservation By-laws exist in almost 70 percent of counties in southern Ontario. Most tree conservation by-laws are designed to ensure the forests are managed according to Good Forestry practices, usually under the guidance of a forest management plan. Before you begin any tree cutting on your property, check with your county or regional government office.

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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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