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York Regional Forest Management

York Region Forestry actively manages 18 tracts of the York Regional Forest for recreational use. The York Regional Forest was established in the early 1900s when the first Red Pine plantations were installed to restore degraded and eroded farmland. Thinning and tending activities supported creation of the soil and shade conditions for native deciduous and coniferous species to grow within them. These plantations helped the full transformation of deforested land into the types of forests that grew in York Region before. York Region continues to acquire new lands for restoration and conservation through the Greening Strategy

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Help Shape the Future of the York Regional Forest

You already love spending time in the Forest; why not take it to the next level and be part of its future!

York Region is developing a new York Regional Forest Management Plan to set the vision for the next 20 years of the forest and we need your help identifying key issues and opportunities. Your first-hand knowledge and input is very valuable to the plan. Please share your thoughts through a brief online survey.

The survey will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. As a thank you – you’ll be given a chance to win a $50 Canadian Tire gift card!

  • One winner will be randomly chosen at the end of each month beginning in October, 2017
  • Contest closes April 30, 2018
  • View the full contest rules

While filling out the survey, please keep in mind that the York Regional Forest provides a natural setting committed to ecological restoration and sustainable forest management, and provides opportunities for low impact recreation use for you and your friends.


Forest Management Plan

The 20 year forest management plan guides forest management activities in the York Regional Forest including tree planting, sustainable harvesting and tending.


Regional Forest Advisory Team

The Regional Forest Advisory Team was formed in 1994 to provide public input into managing the York Regional Forest. The team includes representatives from:

  • Ontario Trail Riders Association (Horseback riding)
  • Oak Ridges Trail Association (Hiking)
  • Durham Mountain Biking Association (Biking)
  • York Regional Forest Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club
  • Local naturalist clubs
  • Georgina Sportsman Alliance
  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Public Education (Nature’s Classroom)
  • York Regional Police
  • Local rate payer associations
  • Huronia Loggers Association

The advisory team also hosts the annual Green Up Clean Up day, which unites volunteers to pick up garbage in and around the York Regional Forest.


Forest Certification

In 2000, the York Regional Forest obtained  Forest Stewardship Council of Canada® (FSC®) certification by the Rainforest Alliance. The York Regional Forest is the first public forest in Canada to be FSC-certified. To achieve certification, a forest must meet the FSC’s principles and criteria for responsible forest management, and it must be demonstrated that the forest is managed according to sound environmental, social and economic principles.




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