Following months of research, public consultation, and review, the Township of North Glengarry Council passed its much anticipated clear-cutting bylaw at the Tuesday, October 12, council meeting.

Prior to the bylaw being passed, two public consultations were held: one in November 2019, and one in September 2021. Members of local groups, as well as individuals, were given the opportunity to speak and pose questions to members of the council. Council and staff met with members of the Glengarry Federation of Agriculture, as well as Glengarry Neighbours, to discuss the contents and intent of the bylaw.

The intent of the bylaw is to regulate any nuisance associated with clear-cutting. The approved clear-cutting bylaw complies with best-management practices for farming from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and does not impede with any other applicable laws.

The newly adopted bylaw was created to keep in mind best practices related to the management of the tree canopy and natural vegetation. The bylaw brings the township into compliance with Bill 68, ‘Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2016’, which requires all municipalities to adopt and maintain policies to protect and enhance the tree canopy and natural vegetation within their jurisdiction.

Mayor Jamie MacDonald commented on the bylaw saying that it is, “a great first step towards measuring deforestation within the Township of North Glengarry. Our hope is that the entire community recognizes how important this bylaw is in managing nuisances while simultaneously working towards keeping our municipality beautiful, healthy and functional.”

The bylaw came into effect October 13. Any clear-cutting begun prior to this date will not require a permit or need to comply with the newly enacted bylaw. Any subsequent clear-cutting work will require a permit issued under the new bylaw.

Information regarding the Clear-Cutting By-law is available on the Township’s website or by contacting the Township of North Glengarry’s Director of Building, By-law & Planning, Mr. Jacob Rheaume, at [email protected] or 613-525-1116.