UCPR funds SNC’S Woodlot Advisory Service

06-Mar-2014 06-Mar-2014

March 5, 2014 – Dignitaries and foresters gathered March 5 at the property of Roy Bureau near Vankleek Hill to officially launch a maximum $500 per woodlot subsidy process under the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program.

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) are contributing a total of $5,000 to woodlot owners to assist in preparing management plans under the Tax Incentive Program.

That’s in addition to $25,000 for delivery of South Nation Conservation’s Woodlot Advisory Service (WAS) across the counties.

The service works with local governments, other agencies and woodlot owners to promote sustainable management of existing forests and establishment of additional cover across the 4,200 square-km South Nation watershed.

The individual subsidies cover 100 per cent of costs up to $500. To be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, applications can be made to Josee Brizard at South Nation, 877-984-2948, ext. 231.

“UCPR is the home of Larose Forest that counties government has invested considerable time and money to maintain and enhance over the years,” noted Brizard, SNC Team Lead, Forest Resources.

“The counties clearly have a special interest in building their forest cover and don’t mind putting some money where their interest lies.”

The WAS was created in part to help counteract loss of forest cover in the watershed due to residential and agricultural expansion.  Under WAS, SNC forestry technicians are available to property owners for consultation on best management practices.

The WAS partnership with UCPR is the second announced in the past month. Early in February, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Certified Forest Owners pledged $5,000 towards expanding the service across the watershed.

“That was also a strong show of support for the WAS, another clear indication that governments and interest groups back our reforestation efforts,” Brizard observed.   

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Josee Brizard, 877-984-2948, ext. 231.