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The County Forest is situated within the Township of Addington Highlands in the County of Lennox and Addington. The property is approximately 465 hectares (1150 acres) of forested lands distributed over five general locations in the Northbrook and Flinton areas.

It is interesting to note that the Post War Planning Committee of the County of Lennox and Addington laid the foundation for the creation of the County Forest.  In 1949 this committee recommended to County Council the acquisition of the 217 acre Carey property in the Flinton area (Lot 21, Concession 4 in Kaladar township). They also recommended that they "be authorized to take options on suitable property up to 1000 acres, for pine planting whenever available". County Council approved the purchase of the Carey property and several other properties over the years. The committee was comprised of C. Davis, T.D. Creighton, H. York, W.M. Card, E.J. Courney and W.H. Vine.

The County of Lennox and Addington signed their first forestry agreement with the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests on April 3, 1952. The agreement with the government was originally intended for reforestation purposes, replanting abandoned farmland and rehabilitating sites in an attempt to control erosion problems in areas where soils had been degraded. The Department of Lands and Forests (now known as the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources-OMNR) planted hundreds of thousands of trees on County owned property over the next several years.

In November 1961, a new agreement was signed allowing the government to provide a more comprehensive approach to the management of the lands. This agreement had a 40 year term, effective from April 1, 1960 to March 31, 2000. The Agreement Forest program of the OMNR was cancelled and a termination agreement was signed by the OMNR and the County of Lennox and Addington in March 2001. The County is now responsible for the management of their forested lands and will carry on the legacy of responsible stewardship. The Property Services Department of the Financial Services section has assumed responsibility for the administration of the County Forest. A Forest Management Plan was completed in 2003 which sets out the longer term objectives for the County Forest over the next 20 years.

Link to:

Lennox-Addington County Forest
Annual Work Report
Forest Management Activities
Year 11 of the 2003-2022 Forest Management Plan
January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013

icon Lennox-Addington County Forest Annual Work Report Forest Management 2013 (783.86 kB)

 

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