Money, tax breaks for forestry plans

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - Four

Landown­ers in Stor­mont-Dun­das-Glen­garry can re­ceive a sub­sidy that will help them bet­ter tend to their bush lots, and save money.

Grants of $500 are avail­able un­der the On­tario Man­aged For­est Tax In­cen­tive Pro­gram, which can pro­vide a tax re­duc­tion of up to 75 per cent on pri­vately-owned res­i­den­tial land.

The in­cen­tive is pop­u­lar, notes South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion forestry tech­ni­cian Cheyene Brunet, adding that “quite a few” landown­ers have taken ad­van­tage of the pro­gram.

To pro­mote the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of forests and the es­tab­lish­ment of ad­di­tional for­est cover within their ju­ris­dic­tions, South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion and the Stor­mont-Dun­das-Glen­garry chap­ter of the On­tario Wood­lot As­so­ci­a­tion have part­nered to give $500 re­bates to landown­ers who write man­age­ment plans for their for­est prop­er­ties.

The pro­gram is open to any­one who owns at least 9.88 acres, or hectares, of for­est prop­erty.

A plan can cost any­where from $400 to $1,600, de­pend­ing on the size of the lot, ob­serves Ms. Brunet. Visit on­tar­i­owood­lot.com for de­tails. To re­ceive the $500 re­bate, the plan has to be submitted to the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry. The ap­pli­cant must also reg­is­ter as an OWA chap­ter mem­ber.

The goal of the MFTIP is to bring greater fair­ness to the prop­erty tax sys­tem by valu­ing forest­land ac­cord­ing to its cur­rent use. The pro­gram is de­signed to in­crease landowner aware­ness about for­est stew­ard­ship.

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