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November 14, 2017
Draft Woodlands Conservation Bylaw

Public input will be a key element in updating the bylaw

Oxford County is continuing its review of the County’s Woodlands Conservation Bylaw.  The current bylaw was adopted by Council in 2004 to support responsible forestry management practices and environmental stewardship of woodland areas within the County.

The County is now reviewing the Woodlands Conservation Bylaw and has prepared an updated draft version of the bylaw for discussion purposes. The current draft bylaw is intended to act as a ‘starting point’ for consultation and engagement with the public and stakeholders regarding woodlands conservation in Oxford, with a goal of improving the Woodlands Conservation By-law and its overall administration. For more information regarding the important aspects of the draft bylaw, read Council Report CASPO 2016-182.

Why is the bylaw important?

The Woodlands Conservation By-law is recognized as an important tool with respect to retaining and enhancing woodlands in Oxford. The By-law identifies woodlands and sets out definitions for the purpose of protecting trees. It also identifies tree species to be protected; sets out the requirements for obtaining permits to harvest trees; and outlines the provisions regarding enforcement and penalties.

The Woodlands Conservation Bylaw is important because it helps Oxford County to:

  • Sustain the community’s environmental and natural heritage resources

  • Conserve and improve woodlands through good forestry practices

  • Protect, promote and enhance the value of woodlands for social, economic and environmental value

  • Enhance biodiversity and forest resilience that will assist the community in adapting to climate change and other environmental threats to forest health

We want you to speak up!

Three public meetings were held in 2016 in order to receive feedback on a draft Woodlands Conservation Bylaw.

There are two more public meetings scheduled for November 2017:

      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.

Public input has been and will continute to be a key element in updating the Woodlands Conservation Bylaw. Submit your feedback and ask questions through Speak Up, Oxford!                                                               

You are also welcome to contact the project lead:

Gordon Hough, Community and Strategic Planning Office, Oxford County, 519.539.0015 ext. 3207 | 1.800.755.0394

A summary of the comments received so far, as well comments received on or before March 27, 2017 through the public meetings and through Speak Up! Oxford are available for your information:


View the 2016 Speak Up, Oxford page for the Draft Woodlands Conservation Bylaw.

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