New County Forest Names and Signs
The County has selected seven forest properties to be identified with official names and new signage this spring. These properties are located across the County and most feature trails and unique ecological features.
Our forest working group will be discussing additional ways to promote and improve recreational potential of our forest properties. We plan to inventory the existing assets within the properties and develop a five-year capital plan for investment. The forestry division have a few more improvements for Summerstown Forest planned to foster the existing active recreation community.
SDG County Forests
There are over 9000 acres of County owned forest and wetlands in SDG. Our County forests are open to public use and enjoyment. Many properties host trails, hunting, trapping, and other recreational uses. Refer to this map to find your local County forest. You can also find other public forest properties on the South Nation public portal.
The County Forests are managed in partnership with agencies such as South Nation Conservation, local ATV and snowmobile clubs, and organizations like the Friends of the Summerstown Trails. Our management plan includes sustainable timber harvests to improve forest health, encourage wildlife habitat, and generate revenue for forest management opportunities. Our forests are managed according to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
Naming County Forests
Staff are working with local foresters, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Conservation Authorities, and members of Council to identify some of our most beautiful County Forests. These properties will be named and signage will be installed to help people spot County Forests. We plan to work with the local communities to enhance the properties and offer more opportunities for all types of outdoor recreation. Stay tuned for more updates on this new initiative.
2016 Forest Cover Study
SDG partnered with local Municipalities and Conservation Authorities to complete a forest cover analysis. The South Nation Forest Cover Trends and Analysis report can be found here. It contains information on the percentage forest cover, types of deforestation, and mechanisms for increasing forest cover.
Check out the map below which highlights a few of our County Forest properties:
Try a forest hike at the Warwick Forest trails in North Stormont: http://www.nation.on.ca/recreation/hikingwalking/warwick-forest-conservation-area-berwick-ontario
If you are interested in trapping in a county forest or right-of-way please contact the Transportation and Planning Services department.
SDG Forest Management Plans
SDG Forest Management is provided by South Nation Conservation. The forests are managed according to the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada sustainable forestry standards.