Logging contractors invited to learn more about upcoming SNC tenders

SNC's Robert Graham Conservation Area in South Dundas. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

FINCH — South Nation Conservation (SNC) hosts an online meeting for interested logging contractors later this month because, yes, tree-cutting comprises part of its sustainable forest management activity.

Removing less desirable trees from the landscape to be used for heating, construction, pulp and paper, or veneer are all a part of sustainable management, according to SNC, which offers part of this work to local forestry professionals to help contribute to the local economy.

The local watershed authority sustainably manages over 20,000 acres of community forest in Eastern Ontario for conservation and recreation and receives donations of land every year to protect natural legacies.

SNC points out that sustainable forest management helps to maintain the long-term health of forests while providing benefits to the environment, surrounding ecosystems, wildlife, and residents. Forests, it says, are worth conserving, restoring and managing because “they provide important environmental, economic and cultural benefits.”

“Sustainably managing a forest is critical to its health and productivity, and to the needs of the local economy and its industries” explains Pat Piitz, SNC’s Property Lead.

“In an overgrown forest, trees are all competing for the same resources, and ultimately they can’t grow to be strong and healthy if they don’t have room to breathe,” added Piitz. “We work with local contractors to sustainably harvest certain trees to help manage forest health and growth, and in turn that wood is used for local products.”

Current tender opportunities for both softwood and hardwood sales are now posted on the Conservation Authority’s website, with more to be added in the new year. Interested contractors are invited to review information online for the competitive bidding process.

SNC also works with local residents to help manage private woodlots through its free Woodlot Advisory Service, in which SNC visits forests under private ownership to offer management advice. Residents may also receive a $500 grant from SNC to help offset the cost of creating a forest management plan for tax incentives.

SNC offers its bilingual Woodlot Advisory Service free of charge to residents across the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

“Forest conservation in Eastern Ontario is a priority for us,” says Piitz. “We’re committed to working with our community and municipal partners to protect and restore local forest cover.”

SNC will host the online meeting for interested contractors on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. Those interested in participating can contact info@nation.on.ca or call 1-877-984-2948.

Current and future tender opportunities for forest resources can be found at: www.nation.on.ca/about/job-opportunities-tenders.

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