The forestry staff of Saugeen Conservation have developed a Forest Management Plan to guide the management of the 20,776.78 acres (8490.36 hectares) of Authority forests. The 20 year Forest Management Plan is a key tool in managing Authority forests on a sustainable basis.
The development of this plan started in 1997 when the Authority began the process of inventorying its forest properties. Following the inventory process, Operating Plans are developed for each forest tract. Operating Plans are the documents which guide activities on a property by property basis according to the guidelines of the Management Plan.
In 2005, the Forest Management Plan for 2005 - 2025 was approved and adopted by the Saugeen Conservation Board of Directors after an extensive consultation process with interest groups from across the watershed.
Did you know that the forests owned and managed by Saugeen Conservation have achieved Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) certification (FSC® C018800) through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest's Forest Certification Program. The FSC® is an international, membership-based, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.
Forest Management Operations is a title given to all forestry activities undertaken within a property. This includes: property inspections, property inventory, harvesting, tree planting, pruning, thinning, insect and disease control, tree marking, and tree removal.
SVCA employs two forestry personnel, who are Provincially Certified Tree Markers, Managed Forest Plan Approvers, and are members of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.
The staff (Jim Penner, Manager of Forestry, far right and Donna Lacey, Forest Technician, above), oversee the management of Saugeen Conservation forest properties, implement and promote a tree planting program, and offer a variety of forestry services to private landowners, our local municipalities and other organizations.
Summer students, contract staff, and co-operative education students also assist in forest management activities when available. Staff regularly attend workshops, conferences, and information sessions to ensure that they are knowledgeable and up-to-date on the most recent forest management practices.
Contact our forestry staff!
Jim Penner, Manager of Forestry, 367-3040, ext. 233
Donna Lacey, Forestry Technician, 367-3040, ext. 231