Halton’s Regional Forests achieve Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification

RegionalForestOn Feb. 8, 2015, the Regional Forests achieved Forest Stewardship Council®  (FSC®) certification (FSC® C018800) through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s Forest Certification Program. This is a voluntary process for organizations wanting to demonstrate their commitment to maintaining forest ecosystems and environmental  integrity.

The Halton Regional Forest Management Plan is a 20-year plan to guide forest management and recreational activities for our Regional Forests.

Under Halton Region’s Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018, protecting the natural environment has been identified as a key priority.  Having our Regional forests certified is one way we meet our goals of promoting responsible environmental management, adding to our leadership in environmental policies and programs.

Being responsible about the way our forests are used is important to improving and protecting the environment. By having forests we are able to:

  • Purify the air
  • Alleviate the effects of climate change (wood and vegetation absorbs carbon from the atmosphere)
  • Reduce winter heating and summer cooling energy demands
  • Maintain water quality
  • Prevent erosion

Halton Region is home to 665 hectares (1,645 acres) of forests, with 65 rare types of plants and over 95 species of birds, which can be enjoyed year-round and help make Halton Region a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Learn more about Halton’s Regional Forests at halton.ca/regionalforests.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “the Carr Report”.