Forests Ontario

Forest Conservation Bylaws in Ontario

Published by LandOwner Resource Centre

Forest conservation by-laws have traditionally been referred to as tree cutting by-laws and have existed in Ontario for over 50 years. They are intended to prevent the over harvesting of forests. Some by-laws also promote sustainable forestry practices. They also recognize landowners’ rights to make decisions regarding the management of their forests. There is also the hope that the existence of a by-law will encourage the landowner to seek the assistance of professionals to guide them in sustainably managing their forest for financial and ecological benefits. This would include the practice of marking the trees prior to cutting by a logger.