The Mono Forest includes 6 properties (five areas) that cover an area of 186.6 hectares (461 acres), the largest being Monora Park. The Town's forests are managed by the Public Works department. Past management activities have included tree planting, thinning, pruning, fire protection, road maintenance, and pest control. The forest properties provide erosion and water control, recreation, natural heritage protection, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and revenue through timber production.
Dufferin County manages 3 tracts of forests in Mono.
In this Section
- Aikins Tract
- Relessey Tract
- Anderson Tract
- 1926 Tract
- Klondyke Tract (Monora Park)
- Mono Tract
- Levitt Tract
- Hockley Tract
The peak periods for hunting in the Dufferin County Forest are the shotgun hunts for white-tailed deer (Nov. 7-11, 2022 and Dec. 5-9, 2022) and the spring wild turkey hunt (April 25 - May 31, 2022).
On Dufferin County Forest properties, where hunting is allowed, there may be hunters present at any time between October 1 and May 31.
Hunting is not permitted in Mono Forests or in the Dufferin County Forest Tracts in Mono.
Hunting is only permitted in certain Dufferin County Forest Tracts. Dufferin County has made an online list of clauses in its Forest Bylaw 2017-39 that you should be aware of when hunting.
Tree cutting and harvesting is regulated under Bylaw 2014-47, a bylaw to prohibit or regulate the destruction or injuring of trees in Mono. The bylaw prohibits tree removal within woodlots greather than 0.5 hectares (1.235 acres) without a valid Harvesting Permit or Special Council Permit.
The full bylaw, including the list of exemptions can be viewed online:
White Pine: White Pine Weevil & Blister Rust
White Pine Weevil
White pine weevils (Pissodes strobi) is a native insect pest that also affects other species of trees and is known as the "spruce weevil" in western Canada. Weevil impacts on a tree become visible around early July. The terminal shoot will suddenly wilt and give an appearance characterized as a "sherpherd's crook." Silvicultural practices to reduce damage from white pine weevils include:
- Manage young white pine under an existing overstory to cool the environment and weevils tend to avoid laying eggs on shaded white pine. Heavy shade, however, can be detrimental to white pine growth.
- Maintain high densities of young white pine until they reach a height of about 20 feet
Corrective pruning following weevil attacks can help correct injuries caused by white pine weevils and reduce the weevil population for the following year.
Read more on white pine blister rust and weevils:
White Pine Blister Rust
Cankers appear on young white pines as swollen and differentiated by colour to the greenish bark. In older pines, the cankers often produce a resin. Blister rust is clearly visible in Spring (May to June). Blister rust needs currant shrubs to spread to white pines; it does not spread directly. Small trees will die when the disease reaches the trunk. The best approach is to prune lower branches of young white pine trees.
Learn about controlling white pine blister rust: