Why is the Woodlands Conservation By-Law needed?
Woodlands are beneficial as they clean the air, conserve soil and water, provide wildlife with habitat, produce timber and other products. Since woodlands take many years to grow, careful management can help to ensure their resources and benefits are available for future generations.
The long-term health of forests is maintained by utilizing forest management techniques that maintain genetic, species, and ecological diversity. Harvest, maintenance, and renewal are carried out in a way that minimizes negative impacts to forest values (fish and wildlife habitat, soil and water quality and quantity, and forest productivity).
The aim of this By-Law is to encourage woodland owners to maintain and harvest their woodlots in a sustainable manner through the application of good forestry practices.
Exemptions from the By-Law
The County of Lambton Woodlands Hearings Board hears applications for exemptions to the County's Woodlands Conservation By-Law.
The Hearings Board, after a public hearing to receive input from the application and neighbouring property owners, makes a decision regarding the application. It is standard practice that the applicant is required to enter into an agreement with the County of Lambton to replant an area equal to that which is proposed to be removed.
The Woodlands Conservation Officer is generally in the office every Wednesday. It is recommended that you call ahead to confirm. Please call 519-845-0809 ext. 5257.
The Woodlands Conservation By-Law is located below.
Woodlands Conservation By-Law (consolidated version)
Schedule B - Application for Exemption
Schedule G - Notice of Intent to Cut - Good Forestry Practice
Schedule H - Notice of Intent to Cut - Circumference Limit Cutting