In 2016, Halton Region produced a Forest Health Report to support the Forest Management Plan and Biodiversity Strategy. The five-year bulletin focuses on forest health and ecosystem integrity in silvicultural, environmental and hydrological terms. Many regional forest areas contain coniferous plantations of different ages. These plantations began as early as 1940 and many served as the first step to reforestation. These plantations have matured and reached an appropriate size and age to be reduced, to reduce overpopulation and to produce a wooden product. In 2005, the Regional Council adopted a 20-year forest management plan to guide forest use. The plan includes a ten-year capital plan and a five-year operating plan. Halton Region has been exploiting its regional forests for over 75 years. It has 703 hectares (1739 hectares) of forest in 14 distinct areas including woodlands, wetlands and grasslands.
Regional forests offer rich and varied habitats for wildlife and are home to several rare species. Funds from the harvesting and sale of timber will be used to maintain forest infrastructure, information materials, administrative costs and forestry programs. Ron Reinholt R.P.F. Regional Forester Planning Tel: 905-825-6000 Pass-through Number 7279 Planning Fax: 905-825-8822 Free 4HALTON (1-866-442-5866) TTY: 905-827-9833 E-mail: Ron.Reinholt@halton.ca A rugged forest network with 24 km of single track, supported by volunteers, It`s something worth keeping alive. Halton`s Regional Forests includes 14 woodlands, wetlands and grasslands throughout the region. Learn how Halton Region exploits its forests and how to explore them. Deer hunting with shotgun or bow is allowed in 12 of the 14 regional forest areas if: With your support, HAFTA represents you as a rider to ensure access to the contract forest. Subscriptions offer insured trails and regular trail maintenance/development days. The forests of Halton Region are accessible to the public for passive recreational use. The following maps highlight forest sites, access information and geological features.
Thinning under PCP is a method that encourages the natural regeneration of forests. It includes the selection, marking and removal of individual trees; Sunlight can penetrate the laminated roof and reach the forest floor. This sunlight stimulates the development of native trees and plants that would otherwise be suppressed by the shade of plantation species. Newly planted species are also able to grow under the protection of the remaining trees, reduce the environmental nuisance to which they are subject and guarantee their implantation. Slowly, as native species grow and mature, further from planting, so the forest can ”fill” with a more robust collection of native hardwood species. Most forests have small car parks. Spaces marked with an asterisk (*) do not have parking. Halton Regional`s forests are now open to visitors. Please continue to practice physical distancing when visiting these spaces to protect yourself and others. On February 8, 2015, Halton`s Regional Forests obtained certification with the Forest Stewardship Council`s international system by the Eastern Ontario Model Forest Group FSC Certificate No.CO18800.
In 2014, in memory of the 75th Anniversary of Regional Forests and support for the Regional Natural Heritage System, Halton Regional Council adopted a 10-year Biodiversity Strategy for Halton`s Regional Forests (PDF file). Halton Region is the first regional government to have a biodiversity strategy, making it the leader in improving, conserving and promoting biodiversity in Ontario. HAFTA is a non-profit association that preserves, protects and promotes access to ATVs and many driving opportunities in the Halton region. . . .