The Northumberland County Forest has achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification (FSC® C018800) through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest's Forest Certification Program. The FSC® is an international, membership-based, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.
The Northumberland County Forest's timber resources are managed in 5-year cycles. These are defined in out silvicultural operations plans, with silviculture defined as the art and science of establishing, growing and managing forest vegetation. The ways that we manage the Northumberland County Forest are based on best-practices, mostly following the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Silvicultural Guide to managing Southern Ontario's Forests, the Forest Management Guide to Silviculture in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and Boreal Forests of Ontario and the Forest Management Guide for Conserving Biodiversity at the Stand and Site Scales.
All planning is carried out by a Registered Professional Forester. Prior to timber harvesting, each forest patch (called compartments) has a prescription written by a Registered Professional Forester. The prescription outlines where timber harvesting will take place, what the objectives of the harvest are, what harvest method will be used, what the desired state is and any other considerations that are needed. Certified tree markers then mark the timber based on the Forester's prescription. In general, there are 3 main objectives for silviculture in the Northumberland County Forest:
Northumberland County's Forest Service is seeking public input on its 5-year Silvicultural Operations Plan. Comments will be accepted until June 24, 2016 at 4:30pm. The Silvicultural Operations Plan provides the direction needed to manage the timber resources of the Northumberland County Forest. When the objective is to have a sustainably managed, working forest, silvicultural operations planning is necessary for managing stand establishment, composition and growth.
The Northumberland County Forest's silviculture is managed on a 5 year cycle. Click on the document to read the 2016-2020 plan.
Public input is appreciated for all parts of the Silvicultural Operations Plan. We would like to direct particular attention to input on our management of conservation values. If you know of any locations of natural or cultural heritage values please let us know where they are. As well, we would like to know if there are any areas of cultural significance to a community in the Forest.
Please submit comments to Ben Walters, Forest Manager, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 905-372-3329 ext.2303. Comments can also be mailed to:
The County of Northumberland
555 Courthouse Rd.