Public feedback sought for forest conservation by-law update

Forest Conservation By-law Update

Haldimand County’s current Forest Conservation by-law was approved in 2000 and over the past decade there have been many changes in our understanding of forest management and how the County can effectively administer the by-law.  The time has come to update the by-law and we welcome your input.

The objectives of the by-law update are:

  • Increase community awareness of the Forest Conservation By-law.
  • Administrative updates to reflect the current organizational structure of the County.
  • Where appropriate, provide additional exemptions and clarify existing exemptions.
  • Simplify the wording and structure of the by-law to make it easier to find information.
  • Streamline the application and permitting process.
  • Reflect best management practices in the forestry industry and Good Forestry Practices.
  • Find a balance between public interests in forest conservation and private landowner’s enjoyment and use of the trees on their property.

We encourage woodland owners, forestry professionals, the agricultural community and anyone interested in forest conservation to review the draft Forest Conservation By-law and supporting documents.  The draft by-law and supporting documents have been prepared to meet the update objectives and address concerns with the current by-law identified during our 2018 public open house.  A copy of the draft by-law, supporting documents and the current by-law can be found on the County website on the Trees & Forest Conservation page.

Have your say in updating the by-law by emailing your concerns, comments and questions in writing to before 4:00pm on Friday August 21, 2020.

Council will review the proposed Forest Conservation By-law on Tuesday October 6, 2020 at the Haldimand County Administration Building (53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga).  Please see the Council Meetings & Agendas page of for meeting details.