County Forest

County Forest Names and Signs

The County has selected seven forest properties to be identified with official names and new signage this spring. These properties are located across the County and most feature trails and unique ecological features. We have also updated the signage at Summerstown Forest with more improvements to come this year.

Our forest working group (which includes members from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Conservation Authorities, and members of County Council) will be discussing additional ways to promote and improve recreational potential of our forest properties. We plan to inventory the existing assets within the properties and develop a five-year capital plan for investment. The forestry division have a few more improvements for Summerstown Forest planned to foster the existing active recreation community.

Please click here for more information on the new featured forest properties.

Click here for a map of all County Forest properties.


SDG County Forests

There are over 9000 acres of County owned forest and wetlands in SDG. Our County forests are open to public use and enjoyment. Many properties host trails, hunting, trapping, and other recreational uses. Refer to this map to find your local County forest. You can also find other public forest properties on the South Nation public portal.

The County Forests are managed in partnership with agencies such as South Nation Conservation, local ATV and snowmobile clubs, and organizations like the Friends of the Summerstown Trails. Our management plan includes sustainable timber harvests to improve forest health, encourage wildlife habitat, and generate revenue for forest management opportunities. Our forests are managed according to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

The following were prepared as part of the County's FSC certification:

High Conservation Value Forest Report

Eastern Ontario Forest Management Group - Forest Management 2017 Annual Audit (Rainforest Alliance)

2018 Assessment of High Conservation Value Process

2016 Forest Cover Study

SDG partnered with local Municipalities and Conservation Authorities to complete a forest cover analysis. The South Nation Forest Cover Trends and Analysis report can be found here. It contains information on the percentage forest cover, types of deforestation, and mechanisms for increasing forest cover.

Click here to see a map that highlights a few of our County Forest properties.


Try a forest hike at the Warwick Forest trails in North Stormont:

If you are interested in trapping in a county forest or right-of-way please contact the Transportation and Planning Services department.

SDG Forest Management Plans

SDG Forest Management is provided in partnership with South Nation Conservation. The forests are managed according to the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada sustainable forestry standards.  

The County forests have a 20 year forest management plan and a five year forest management plan (harvest map). The five year management plan was updated in 2017.  

Note the following changes to the SDG County Forest Management Plan, specifically impacting the Alvin Runnalls Forest in North Dundas (removed from harvest plan) and Howard S. Mitchell Tract in North Glengarry  (added to harvest plan) Notice of Harvest Schedule Change