Q.1 What are tree bylaws?
A. Since the late 1940s, the province of Ontario has granted municipalities the authority to regulate tree cutting in privately owned forests. Most southern Ontario municipalities now have these bylaws in place. They were originally intended to control the clear-cutting or near clear-cutting of woodlots which was common in southern Ontario at the time. These practices are generally not appropriate for the hardwood and mixedwood forest types found in southern Ontario. Today’s tree bylaws also usually promote good forestry practices.