South Nation Conservation (SNC) works with municipalities, partner organizations, and woodlot owners to promote the sustainable management of local forest cover across its 4,384 km2 jurisdiction.
Since 2009, SNC has worked with partners like Ontario Power Generation to offer free site visits and advice to property owners interested in learning more about their woodlots.
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) has dedicated funding support since 2013 to the program to help offer grants for woodlot owners, and now the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) have partnered with SNC to offer this popular free service to woodlot owners throughout SDG.
“Through our Woodlot Advisory Service, a Forestry Technician will visit your property and suggest management options based on a preliminary site evaluation,” said Cheyene Brunet, SNC’s Forestry Technician. “The program can also assist landowners looking to learn more about their woodlot and tree identification.”
The technician will provide a report including aerial photography, general tree health, species identification, potential uses, economic value, and how a landowner might improve management approaches to make it more sustainable.
To be eligible for the free advisory service, landowners must reside or own land within SDG or UCPR and have 10 acres or more of forested land.
“Property owners will also receive information about programs, such as the Ontario Managed Forest Tax Program, which can provide a tax reduction of up to 75% on privately-owned residential land in Ontario,” added Brunet.
Landowners who complete a Forest Management Plan through the Ontario Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program are eligible for a subsidy of up to $500 through SNC’s partner-funded program.
To learn more about SNC’s Woodlot Advisory Service visit: www.nation.on.ca/land/forestry-services/woodlot-advisory-service.
In addition to SNC’s Woodlot Advisory Service, residents can also benefit from a variety of tree planting subsidies and programs for idle land, stream banks, and buffer strips. Over-the-counter tree sales are also available for smaller orders and are accepted year-round!