Public Participation

There are three main opportunities for the public to participate in the planning and management of the Dufferin County Forest.

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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.


Friends of the Dufferin County Forest (FDCF)

The County of Dufferin has established the Friends of the Dufferin County Forest to assist in various aspects of the management of the County Forest. This group will mainly be involved in on-the-ground activities in the Forest, such as trail construction, trail safety and signage, trail maintenance, invasive species removal, promotion and education about the County Forest, removal of litter.

We invite you to join the Friends.

If, after reviewing the Terms of Reference, you are interested in joining, please complete the application form and email it to: or mail it to or drop it off at (Wed-Sun 10-5) the Museum of Dufferin, 936029 Airport Road, Mulmur, ON L9V 0L3 (corner of Airport Road & Highway 89).


Dufferin County Forest Advisory Team (DCFAT)

The Dufferin County Forest Advisory Team (DCFAT) is a group made up of five members of the general public residing in Dufferin County, along with one member of the County’s Infrastructure and Environmental Services Committee. Representation is solicited to coincide with each new term of County Council, or as required to replace or add members.

The purpose of the Dufferin County Forest Advisory Team (DCFAT) is to:

• provide community input and advice to County staff regarding the Dufferin County Forest Management Plan and Dufferin County Forest Recreational Use Policy and;

• assist County staff in communicating plan and policy revisions.

Read the Terms of Reference for the DCFAT here.

Read agendas and minutes for DCFAT meetings here.

Provide feedback to the DCFAT here.


Forest Management Planning

The development of the five year operating plans and twenty year forest management plans includes opportunities for public participation; for example, surveys, open houses, and input into draft versions of the documents. Notification of these opportunities will be on this website, through the County Forest e-newsletter (sign up here) and through Join In Dufferin.