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November 16, 2017
Oxford County to present updated draft of Woodlands Conservation Bylaw at two upcoming public meetings

The meetings will provide residents and stakeholders with an additional opportunity to provide feedback on the bylaw


Oxford County has updated the draft version of the Woodlands Conservation Bylaw that was prepared after an extensive consultation process. Public input has been a key element in updating the bylaw. Once again, residents and other stakeholders of Oxford County are encouraged to attend one of two public meetings for an opportunity to continue discussion and provide feedback regarding the new draft bylaw and the County’s efforts to improve customer service. The public meetings will take place:


 

Wednesday, November 29

Innerkip Community Centre

695566 17th Line, Innerkip

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 30

Springford Community Hall

429 Main St. W., Springford

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


 

Each meeting will begin with a presentation followed by a call for discussion and feedback‚Äčrelating to the updated draft bylaw.

The current Woodlands Conservation Bylaw was adopted by Council in 2004 to support responsible forestry management practices and environmental stewardship of woodland areas within the County.

The Woodlands Conservation Bylaw is vital because it helps Oxford County to sustain the community’s environmental and natural heritage resources. Additionally, the bylaw helps to conserve and improve woodlands through good forestry practices, while protecting the social, economic and environmental value of woodlands. The bylaw also helps the County to enhance biodiversity and forest resilience that will allow the community to adapt to climate change and other environmental threats to forest health.

The public meetings on November 29 and 30 are a continued effort to gather feedback on the updated draft bylaw, with additional opportunities for public input available online at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup.
 

Background

The first tree protection bylaw in Oxford County was enacted in 1946. The bylaw has undergone numerous amendments and updates over the years reflecting changes to legislation and regulations regarding tree conservation in Ontario. The current County Woodlands Conservation Bylaw was adopted by Council in 2004, and amended in 2006. The bylaw has served as an effective tool for supporting responsible forestry management practices and environmental stewardship of woodland areas.
 

Social media and online content

Speak Up, Oxford! – Woodlands Conservation Bylaw

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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.


Contact

Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement

519.539.9800, ext. 3505 | jaustin@oxfordcounty.ca


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