Forest Management

Our mandate is the protection and sustainability of the natural resources by balancing the economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits that the forest provides.

How to reach us

Consult the Corporate Directory.

ECOTOURISM

Visit our Discover Section for a full list of activities in the Larose Forest.

20 YEARS FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN

The 20-Year Management Plan aims to ensure a clear orientation and balance for the long-term management of this resource.

FIVE YEARS OPERATING PLAN

The five-year Operating Plan provides a schedule of forest operations for the 2020-2025 period. The plan also provides a summary of forest management activity over the previous five-year period and a revised annual harvest area calculation based on the results of ongoing monitoring.

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (FSC) CERTIFICATION

Since 2006, the United Counties of Prescott-Russell has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ©) (FSC © C018800) certification through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest certification program. FSC © is a global, non-profit organization that sets standards for environmentally, socially beneficial and economically sustainable forest management for the world's forests.

In order to maintain this certification, Larose Forest is audited each year by an independent third-party auditor.

Technical Information Sheet

Historic

The Larose Forest was created in 1928, when agronomist Ferdinand Larose undertook the first conifer plantation on what was previously abandoned land.

Since the year 2000, the Larose Forest is managed by the regional municipality of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR).

Certification

The UCPR, since taking over management of the forest, has achieved FSC certification (FSC® C018800) through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest's certification program.

The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is a global not-for-profit organization that sets the standards for a responsibly managed forest, both environmentally and socially.

In order to maintain this certification, Larose Forest is audited
every year by an independent, third-party auditor.

Caracteristics

  • 205,000 Trees planted since 2009
  • 11,000 hectares (27,180 acres) including forests and wetlands
  • 260 hectares of Property acquired since 2006
  • $2.7 million Harvest revenues reinvested in the forest since 2006
  • 156.8 hectares/year Annual Harvest (2016-2020) (1.6% of the productive forest)

Wildlife

  • The management of wildlife habitat is a key component of sustainable forest management.
  • Strategies for protection, maintenance and enhancement of wildlife habitat are developed using provincial wildlife management guidelines and through consultation with experts.

Forest diseases

  • Many red pine plantations in Southern Ontario are experiencing decline and mortality.
  • Larose Forest has developed a management strategy for its red pine plantations based upon recommendations made in “Mortality in Southern Ontario Red Pine Plantations: Causes, Consequences, and Management Options” as well as consultations with provincial forest pathologists and other Southern Ontario forest managers.
  • In some cases, the decline is so advanced that a salvage harvest is prescribed in order to capture the value in the affected trees before they die.

20 YEARS FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN

  • This plan aims to ensure long-term, sustainable management of the forest.
  • It serves as a guide for the management of forest resources from 2009 to 2028.
  • This plan was created in partnership with South Nation Conservation and the public.
  • The forest is managed with the goal of promoting a healthy and productive forest for future generations.
  • The 20 Years Forest Management Plan is available on the UCPR’s website or on request.

The Larose Forest Committee

The Larose Forest has excellent representation from organizations that have experience in forest management and its best practices.

In 2019, the committee initiated a review of the forest management plan and the protection and development plan, to ensure the goals and objectives for the Larose Forest remain relevant and to ensure that management activities are consistent with the most current science and practices.

Members include

  • South Nation Conservation
  • Eastern Ontario Model Forest
  • Boisés Est
  • First Nations
  • Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural, Resources and Forestry
  • Members of the public
  • Members of UCPR County Council
  • UCPR staff members

To learn more

Forestry Centre
613.487.4103
Trails Conditions
1.800.667.6307, extension 7101

To download the printable Technical Information Sheet