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Forest Updates

Planned Conifer Tree Harvesting

Portions of the Acton, Conley, Elliot, Robertson, and Turner Regional Forest Tracts will undergo Good Forestry Practices (GFP) row and selection thinning during the fall and winter of 2018 and 2019. This will help to maintain and/or improve health, wildlife habitat and to promote natural regeneration of native trees and shrubs.  Scheduled selection thinning is to occur as outlined in the Halton Regional Forest Management Plan.

Many of the Regional Forest Tracts contain conifer plantations of various ages. These plantations began as far back as 1940 and many served as an initial step toward reforestation. These plantations have matured and have reached an appropriate size and age to be thinned, in order to reduce overcrowding and produce a timber product.

Thinning under GFP is a method by which natural forest regeneration can be promoted.  It involves the careful selection, marking and removal of individual trees; allowing sunlight to penetrate the canopy and reach the forest floor.  This sunlight will stimulate the development of native trees and plants that would otherwise be suppressed by the shade of the plantation species.  The newly established species are also able to grow under the shelter of the remaining trees, reducing the environmental pressures they face and ensuring their establishment. Slowly, as the native species grow and mature, more of the plantation will be removed allowing the forest to ‘fill in’ with a more robust collection of native hardwood species.

Funds received from the harvest and sale of the timber are used to maintain forest infrastructure, informational material, administrative costs and forestry programs.

Harvest operations are expected to take place during the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. Access to some tracts and parking areas may be limited or restricted during the harvest operations.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Halton Region Forestry:

Ron Reinholt R.P.F.  Regional Forester
Planning Tel: 905-825-6000 Ext. 7279
Planning Fax: 905-825-8822
Toll-free Tel: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
TTY: 905-827-9833

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Hunting on Regional Forest Properties

Dress for safety

Wear bright visible coloured clothing when visiting regional forests during hunting season.

Deer Hunting

Hunting deer by shotgun or bow is permitted in 12 of the 14 regional forest tracts as long as:

  • it is conducted during the Controlled Deer Hunt season (first Monday to Friday in November);
    OR during Bows-Only Season (October 1 until December 31, except during Controlled Deer Hunt).
  • it does not occur at any time within the Cox and Coulson tracts; and,
  • hunters follow all proper Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) hunting practices and regulations (as designated by the (MNRF).

Spring Wild Turkey Hunt

Hunting wild turkey by shotgun or bow is permitted in seven of the 14 regional forest tracts as long as:

  • it is conducted during the Spring Wild Turkey Hunt season (April 25 - May 31, 2018)
  • it occurs within the following regional forest tracts: Acton, Conley, Elliot, Finney, Frank, Laking and Snyder tracts only;
  • it does not occur within the Currie, Mahon, Robertson, Britton, Cox and Coulson tracts; and
  • hunters follow all proper MNRF hunting practices and regulations (as designated by MNRF).

Additional Information

Hunting for all other game animals in the regional forests is not permitted.

Dates for hunting season can be found at the Ministry of Natural Resources website (external link). Please note, Halton Region is within the Wildlife Management Units 79C and 79D of the MNR. 

For more information on permitted and non-permitted uses within regional forests read Regional Forest Use By-Law 31-10 (PDF file) and attachments (Schedule A (PDF file) & Schedule B (PDF file)).

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Invasive Species Becoming a Growing Concern in Halton Region

Invasive species are plants, animals, insects or aquatic species that are generally not native to a certain area but become successfully established. They affect the health of ecosystems because they compete with native species, often excluding them, becoming dominant in a landscape and decreasing biodiversity.

Invasive species can be found almost anywhere, but are becoming a concern in Regional forests. This is especially true of Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) where many rare and endangered species are found.

Examples of invasive species are: the Gypsy Moth, Garlic Mustard, Common Reed Grass and the Emerald Ash Borer. The Emerald Ash Borer has already infested and killed many ash trees in parts of Ontario.

To control and stop the spread of invasive species we need the community’s help. Find out more about invasive species, and what you can do to help, by reading these information sheets:

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