The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region strives to protect our forests through careful management and conservation, promoting tree planting and controlling invasive species. The public is invited explore the forest trails, participate in outdoor programs and take advantage of subsidized tree planting services.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that kills ash trees. Find out how to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

York Region partners with environmental land conservation organizations to offer landowners the opportunity to protect environmentally significant land.

Giant Hogweed is a poisonous, invasive plant that can cause skin rashes, burns and blisters. Find out how to protect yourself from Giant Hogweed.

York Region offers outdoor education programs to connect people with nature and inspire action. Activities include education in the forest, tree planting at stream crossings and fun forestry competitions.

A pesticide is any substance used to repel, destroy or prevent the development of a pest. They should be used with caution and always following instructions on the label.

Red pine decline is happening because the trees are becoming infected with root rotting fungi. York Region is monitoring the status and planting new trees to replenish red pine plantations.

A permit is required before removing trees from some types of property in York Region. Find out if you need a permit, and how to apply.

Trees are nice to look at and offer shade, prevent soil erosion and release oxygen. York Region helps landowners, residents, schools and community groups plant trees.

The York Regional Forest stretches across 5,680 acres of land and has trails, events and a one kilometre long accessible trail. The forest is open to the public 365 days per year at no cost.

York Region Forestry actively manages 22 tracts of the York Regional Forest for recreational use by the public.

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