Main Tract Policy enforcement

Please see below for note from Dufferin County:

August 17th, 2018.

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.

The County Forest by-law is attached for your reference.


Caroline Mach, R.P.F. |County Forest Manager|Public Works Department

County of Dufferin|519-941-1114 ext. 4011| |936029 Airport Rd., Mulmur, ON L9V 0L3

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