Forest Management Planning

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Forest Operating Plan Review

During 2020, the County of Dufferin is developing a new five-year operating plan for the 1,066 hectare (2,636 acre) Dufferin County Forest. The County Forest is made up of fourteen tracts located throughout Dufferin County (map on reverse), the largest of which is the 607 hectare (1,501 acre) Main Tract located north of the hamlet of Mansfield.

The operating plan will guide the use and management of the Dufferin County Forest over the next five years (2021-2026) to ensure the health and viability of this important community resource.

You can find more information and the relevant documents here and here.

Any feedback regarding the draft plan should be made in writing directly to the County Forest Manager, through the Feedback tab at, or through prior to September 30, 2020.


Forest management planning for the Dufferin County Forest has three levels of increasing detail: a twenty year management plan, a five year operating plan, and an annual report and work schedule. The twenty year management plan provides a general goal and objectives for the long-term management of the Forest. The five year operating plan and the annual work schedule provide more details on the operational activities that will be conducted in each period.