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Resources for Landowners

The Forestry Department maintains and manages the forest health and forest operations within the Simcoe County Forest and does not offer private land consultation. 

Stewardship of private land forests is the responsibility of the private landowner who can find assistance from numerous sources including the resources and links below. 



ReforestationReforestation<p><span></span>The County of Simcoe does not provide tree planting services directly to residents, however funds are provided to reduce the cost of reforestation programs which are delivered by area partners.  Available funds are focused upon increasing tree cover in high priority areas such as marginal farmlands and along stream corridors; as such the subsidy level varies depending upon the type of land to be planted and the environmental benefit provided.<br><br>Interested landowners should <a href="" target="_blank">contact their local Conservation Authority</a> or stewardship association directly to determine eligibility and program details:<br></p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Forests Ontario</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Severn Sound Environmental Association</a></li></ul>
Woodlot ManagementWoodlot Management<p>County Forest staff manage County Forest lands and do not provide private land forestry.  Landowners are encouraged to contact a forestry professional to assist with making forest management decisions.  </p><p>Many landowners may be able to get a tax incentive on forested properties through the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP).</p><p>Please see the links below for more information:</p><p> <a title="link to Forests Ontario website" href="" target="_blank">Forests Ontario</a> <br>Information about tree planting and woodlot management</p><p> <a title="link to Ontario Professional Foresters Association Website" href="" target="_blank">Ontario Professional Foresters Association</a> <br>A professional forester can offer a wide range of services from tree planting to harvesting.  </p><p></p><p> <a title="link to website of Certified Ontario Tree Markers" href="" target="_blank">Certified Ontario Tree Markers</a><br>Certified Tree Markers are certified through the province to follow tree marking prescriptions prepared by a Professional Forester prior to harvest operations</p><p> <a title="link to information about the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program" href="" target="_blank">Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program</a><br>Forest properties in Ontario greater than 4 hectares (approximately 10 acres) can be elegible for a reduction in property taxes through this program.</p><p> <a title="link to International Society of Aboriculture" href="" target="_blank">International Society of Aboriculture</a> <br>Certified arbourists are trained to care for the health of individual trees</p><p> <a title="link to the Ontario Woodlot Association website" href="" target="_blank">Ontario Woodlot Association </a>    <br>Organization of private forest landowners</p><p> <a title="link to the Landowner Resource Centre" href="" target="_blank">Resource Centre </a> <br>Fact sheets and publications for landowners and land managers<br></p><p> <br> </p>
Invasive Exotic Species - Help Us Stop the SpreadInvasive Exotic Species - Help Us Stop the Spread<p>Most are familiar with the threats posed to our environment by exotic invaders such as zebra mussels, purple loose strife, and more recently giant hogweed, however there are other invasive exotic species which are seriously threatening our County Forests.  In fact, many resource professionals and naturalists consider invasive exotic species to be the most serious threat to the long-term integrity and biodiversity of woodlands in Southern Ontario.</p><p>Of particular concern locally are four non-native species: garlic mustard, dog-strangling vine, Manitoba maple, and common or glossy buckthorn.  Unfortunately, the increasing level of recreational use is leading to additional accidental introductions.  To help us control the spread, PLEASE:<br></p><ul><li>stay on the trails;</li><li>clean your boots or tires before and after visiting the County Forests;</li><li>never discard plants or yard waste in the County Forests;</li><li>learn to identify invasive plants and advise forestry staff if you are aware of an introduction.</li></ul><h4>To report invasive species please visit:</h4><p><a href="" target="_blank">Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Invading Species Hotline</a></p><h4>For more information please visit:</h4><p><a href="" target="_blank">Ontario Invasive Plant Council</a><br></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Invasive Species Centre</a><br><br></p>