Friends of the Dufferin County Forest

Hello Everyone, Dufferin County is developing  the “Friends of the Dufferin County Forest” group to perform various duties in the County Forests. If you are interested please click the link below for more information from the County website. This is open to all users and it will be great to have a cohesive group from all user groups working together as a team.

From the County:

“The County has recently established the Friends of the Dufferin County Forest to assist in various aspects of the management of the County Forest.”

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The County is also going to be monitoring the Forests more actively regarding the Recreation Policy and Bylaw infractions…From the County…

“Due to ongoing issues with recreational use of the Main Tract of the Dufferin County Forest, this information is being distributed to all known user groups of the Main Tract of the Dufferin County Forest. Please feel free to pass it on to anyone else who may be interested

As you are probably aware, the County of Dufferin passed a by-law (2017-39) governing the recreational use of the Dufferin County Forest properties in September, 2017. Since that time, we have been working on education regarding the existence of the by-law and its provisions, through the following means:

Prior to coming to one of the Forest tracts, users are informed about the provisions of the by-law through the website and brochures available at the Museum of Dufferin and at various events throughout the County (e.g. Orangeville Home Show).
At all of the Forest tracts, signs describing the main provisions of the by-law are posted at main entrances.
At the kiosk at the Main Tract, brochures describing the permitted uses are available, along with a map showing the designated trails for horseback riding and mountain biking. The designated trails are in the process of being marked with new signs indicating the permitted use and referencing the by-law number.
Signs directing users out to Airport Road are in the works.
A numbering system/signs for locating purposes in case of an emergency are in the works.

The need for more/other signs will be considered on an ongoing basis.

In the coming weeks the County will be implementing a more proactive education and enforcement plan at the Main Tract, utilizing County forest staff and off-duty OPP officers.”

Please respect the regulations put in place.