County of Simcoe Planting Over A Hundred Thousand New Trees

Tract Cleared By Controlled Burn Last Fall

You won’t be able to see the forest for the trees in the County’s Museum Tract soon.

The County of Simcoe’s Forestry Department is getting to work today, planting over 150,000 seedlings within the Museum Tract in Midhurst; this represents the latest phase of the Museum Tract Forest and Habitat Restoration Project. The County conducted a controlled burn of 30 hectares in the Tract in September to clear the way for these new trees.

Related: Controlled Burn Needed to Promote Forest Growth

“Our Forestry program is among the most recognized in Canada, and contributes immensely to the lifestyle and quality-of-life of Simcoe County residents,” said Warden George Cornell. “We’re proud to work with various national and international environmental and forestry groups on this unique and important endangered species project and ultimately restore the Museum Tract.”

The County of Simcoe lays claim to the oldest, largest, and most productive municipal forest in the province, over 13,000 hectares in size. One of the goals of the Restoration Project is to make the area habitable for the Kirtland’s Warbler by 2023; the migratory bird is an endangered species, and was nearly extinct 50 years ago.

Kirtland’s Warbler requires large tracts of young, dense coniferous forest for its nesting habitat