Conservation and Restoration

Almost all of the Northumberland County Forest is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is regulated provincially by the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.

Our conservation program

We manage the removal of invasive exotic species as well as the rare remnant Black Oak Woodland, Savannah and sand barren.

Our conservation program focuses on:

  • maintaining and improving habitat
  • restoring native landscapes
  • invasive species removal

Large forests are very valuable for conservation. They provide habitat for species that depend on large forests and they are often the remaining refuges for rare and at-risk habitats, vegetation and wildlife.

Vegetation and wildlife surveys document changes as the Forest's lands mature and ensure that we have information-based goals.

For more information about our long-term conservation goals and plans, please review our Forest Management Plan 2021-2041.


We seek partnerships with other organizations to:

  • increase scientific understanding
  • improve techniques for landscape management
  • help fund and facilitate these projects
  • share information on both successful and ineffective techniques