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Forest Conservation Bylaws

In Ontario, municipalities have the responsibility for ensuring that proper regulations and plans are in place to protect natural features on private land. Protection can be achieved through the voluntary efforts of landowners (promptedby public education and awareness programs) or through regulatory mechanisms such as bylaws or the official municipal planning process. Under the Municipal Act, 2001, both upper and lower tier municipalities have the power to enact tree-cutting bylaws (also known as forest conservation bylaws).

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