Forestry Services Program Maximizes Benefits for Growing Number of Woodlot Owners

April 22, 2016

A review of the Huron County Forestry Services Program shows more woodlot owners are benefiting from professional management. Between 2011 and 2015, the number of property owners using professional foresters for commercial harvest advice has increased by 30 per cent.

“We are working hard to help landowners get the most from their woodlots; the best management practices in place, the best advice on managing insects or diseases and we connect owners to funding for soil and water quality improvement projects,” said Scott Tousaw, Director of Planning and Development. “It’s great to see this level of participation.”

The number of extension & outreach enquiries continues to rise higher. Since 2012, the county has provided extension services and overseen commercial harvest operations in over 500 Huron County woodlots.

“We’re continuing to see an increase in calls from woodlot owners who want to get general advice and information on forest management,” said Dave Pullen, Forest Conservation Officer. “These numbers demonstrate the commitment of Huron County landowners to managing their woodlots in a sustainable way.”

Keeping forest cover on the landscape while improving it through management activity benefits the local economy, protects water quality and assists soil conservation. Huron County has a long history of leadership in forest management, starting with the first tree By-law passed by Council in 1947. For information on how to benefit from the Forestry Services Program, visit the ‘Forestry Services’ page at huroncounty.ca or call 519.524.8394 ext 3.