One Million Dollars for Woodlot Owners to Access Land

The province is making $1 million available so private woodlot owners, including those in Queens County and the South Shore, can access more of their forest land.

The provincial fund is helping woodlot owners build and maintain woodlot roads.

Private forest landowners can apply to receive assistance from the fund to build new woodlot access roads or maintain and upgrade substandard roads on their woodland. Improved access will help landowners carry out silviculture practices and other aspects of woodland management that meet provincial goals of ecosystem management, as well as harvest more forest products from their lands, and make forest fire protection easier.

Eligible woodlot owners must have land holdings of 20 to 20,000 hectares, own, occupy, or have lease control of the woodlot. They must be planning to engage in forest management over the next five years, and they cannot be a producer of softwood lumber or other wood products covered under the Canada United States Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006.

Forest management includes producing wood, silviculture activities to sustainably manage the wood fibre on their woodlot, or developing the woodlot to produce maple products and Christmas trees.

Details on funding amounts, eligibility requirements and applications and application fees are available on the Department of Natural Resources website.