County holding public consultation on forest management plan
Simcoe County Forest
From BarrieToday, May 12, 2023
COUNTY OF SIMCOE
Starting May 18, 2023, residents and visitors are invited to provide their input on the 10-year update to the forest management plan for the Simcoe County Forest.
The Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally owned forest network in Ontario, covering more than 33,000 acres. In 2022, the Simcoe County Forest was named the Forest Capital of Canada for the second time, as the county celebrated the forest’s centenary. The forest provides numerous ecological, economic and social benefits to residents and visitors alike.
Management of the forest is guided by a 20-year plan, which was approved in 2011. Although a long-term view is important, a review and update is warranted following 10 years of growth and succession. This update provides an opportunity to assess progress toward stated objectives. In particular, proposed changes to the way that forest areas with high conservation values are identified, managed and protected is highlighted.
The forest management plan does not specifically address recreational use of the forest. Recreational use is governed by the county’s current recreation policy, which is publicly available on the forestry section of simcoe.ca.
The public are encouraged to join county staff to learn about the history and management of the forest and to provide feedback on the proposed plan updates. You can participate in person through public consultation events or online.
From May 18 to May 31, a pre-recorded presentation, updated draft plan and a questionnaire will be available at www.simcoe.ca/10yearupdate for those who are unable to participate in person.
Six public consultation events will be held in three locations across the county for those who can join in person:
- Thursday, May 18, 2023, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, 527 Len Self Blvd., Midland
- Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Simcoe County Administration Centre, 1110 Hwy. 26, Midhurst
- Thursday, May 25, 2023, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Rugby Community Hall, 1911 Old Barrie Rd. E., Rugby
Registration is not required.
Read the release here