Plot your wood­lot

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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

MAR­GARET CALD­BICK PHOTO

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.

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