The Region of Waterloo owns and maintains 16 Regional Forests and other woodland properties, most of which are open to the public. These properties are scattered across the Region and range in size from two to approximately 50 hectares.
They're most commonly used for recreational activities such as walking, biking and nature appreciation. A network of trails connecting the Waterloo Landfill Woodland and Petersburg Regional Forest provides some excellent mountain biking opportunities.
In 2006, the Region developed a Regional Forest Management Plan. The main goal of this plan is to maintain the ecological health and integrity of the Regionally owned forests and woodlands, and to ensure they continue to provide a natural resource for the enjoyment of Region residents and visitors.
Since implementing the plan in 2006, the Region has:
- Restored parts of Hilborn Regional Forest in Cambridge to an oak savannah condition;
- Completed an improvement and thinning harvest at the Mannheim Water Treatment Plant Woodland; and
- Started the development of five-year management plans for Doon Regional Forest in Kitchener and the Regional Landfill Woodland in Waterloo.
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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The Emerald Ash Borer is a highly destructive insect pest of ash trees. It was discovered in Canada for the first time in the summer of 2002. Recently, it has been discovered in two woodlands on either side of Highway 401 at Homer Watson Boulevard.
The Region of Waterloo is working with the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, the Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich, local hydro utilities, and the Grand River Conservation Authority along with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to help slow the spread of this pest and keep residents informed.
For more information about the Emerald Ash Borer, please read the Emerald Ash Borer - Frequently Asked Questions document with information provided by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Albert Hovingh, Environmental and Stewardship Planner
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