Regional Forests

Celebrating 75 years of protecting Regional Forests

In 2014, two initiatives took place to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Halton’s Regional forests. The first was a Biodiversity Strategy that was developed for Regional forests. The vision for this strategy is that Halton Region, through its management of Regional forests, will be a leader in enhancing, maintaining and promoting biodiversity in Ontario.

The second initiative was the acquisition of a property to add to Regional forests. The new property is located adjacent to the Robertson Tract, which is relatively undisturbed and contains a provincially significant wetland and a woodlot characterized by young second growth forest. The wetland portion contains an assortment of marsh and swamp.

2016 Forest Health Report Card

Halton forests play a key role in the Regional Natural Heritage System (RNHS) from both forestry and biodiversity perspectives. Implementation of the 20-year Halton Regional Forest Management Plan (2005) and the Biodiversity Strategy for Halton Regional Forests (2014) ensure that efforts are made to protect forest health and ecosystem integrity. The report (PDF file) indicates that Halton Regional forests are generally in good overall health.

Biodiversity Strategy

The vision for Halton’s Biodiversity Strategy is that the Region will be a leader in enhancing, maintaining and promoting biodiversity in Ontario. This sets an example of sound environmental stewardship for other landowners to follow and contributes to achieving many of the targets identified in Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy.

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Halton Region owns 703 hectares (1739 acres) of forests in 14 separate tracts, including wooded areas, wetlands and meadows. Six of the tracts are in the Niagara Escarpment area, which is a designated World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Halton’s Regional Forests provide rich and varied habitats for wildlife and are home to a number of rare species.