Plot your woodlot
Are you a landowner with at least ten acres of woodlot property? Thanks to support from the United Counties of Stormont-DundasGlengarry and Prescott-Russell, South Nation Conservation (SNC) offers its Woodlot Advisory Service (WAS) to residents who own at least ten acres of forest.
This woodlot program includes a site visit by a trained forestry professional, a preliminary site evaluation and map, and suggestions on woodlot management, all at no-cost, in English and French.
Landowners may also be eligible to receive up to a $500 grant towards the creation of a Forest Management Plan for property tax benefits.
In 2018, SNC conducted 46 visits to private forests and awarded 40 grants to local woodlot owners through this program; 2,363 acres of privately-owned forests are now being sustainably managed across the Conservation Authority’s 4,384 square-kilometre jurisdiction.
“Forests provide many important ecological, economic, social and cultural benefits to humans and the environment,” explains John Mesman, SNC’s Communication Lead.
Last year SNC also published a report on “Protecting and Increasing Forest Cover in the South Nation Conservation Jurisdiction” following two years of review and consultation with local stakeholder working groups.
Recommendations from the report include enhancing the Woodlot Advisory Service and increasing subsidies for planting sites along farm fields and watercourses; SNC received over 147,500 subsidized tree orders for this year’s spring planting season, bringing the total amount of trees planted by SNC to 3.2 million since 1990.
“We hope people will continue to take advantage of our programs that protect the local environment and enhance forest cover in the region.”
For more information, contact Kelsey Smith, SNC Stewardship and Outreach Assistant, 1-877-984-2948 ext. 313, [email protected]tion.on.ca
TOSSING WASHERS: Despite the absence of some of last year’s die-hards, the turnout was big Saturday at the 2nd annual Washer Tournament fundraiser for the Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital Foundation. Thirty-two teams and 64 washer-tossing competitors lined up for their tosses, including Sylvie Ménard of the Les Voisines team, seen here after a winning throw in the semifinals. The event was organized by Pam André from the hospital foundation and Jeremy Dubeau from the Township of North Glengarry. Teams paid $100 to compete in the tournament which included prizes and a generous pizza and wings supper buffet.