Middlesex County currently owns a total of 2,500 acres of woodlands of which over 2,000 acres are located in the southwest portion of the County in an area referred to as "Skunks Misery". The County terminated a Managed Forest Agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources in 2000 and took over the responsibility of managing its own woodlands.
In October of 2000, the County hired a consultant to complete a Comprehensive Woodlands Management Plan. The Plan will guide all activities within the Middlesex County owned woodlands for a period of 20 years and will consist of two component plans; a 20 year general management plan as well as five year plans which will provide the operational details.
County Council established a Woodlands Advisory Committee in 2003 to provide feedback on all matters concerning woodlands management.
County Owned Woodlot Maps
We believe that private landowners have a key role to play to ensure that sustainably managed forests remain a part of Ontario’s future.
According to the Woodlands Conservation Bylaw #5738 County Council may require that private landowners obtain a permit when they intend to injure or destroy trees in woodlands specified in the By-law and impose conditions on a permit, including conditions relating to the manner in which destruction occurs and the qualification of persons authorized to injure or destroy trees.
Please submit a Notice of Intent 14 days prior to proposed start date if you intend to do any tree cutting or destroying in your woodlot.
- Circumference Limit Harvest - Notice of Intent
- Good Forestry Practices - Notice of Intent
- A landowner may apply for a council exemption to the woodlands conservation by-law #5738
- Application for Council Exemption - Woodland Conservation
- Woodlands Conservation By-law No. 5738
- Woodlands Drainage memo - May 2017
For more information about Ontario woodlots, please contact the Ontario Woodlot Association.