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19 Aug



This isn't our forest - but it's beautiful all the same...


What the heck is an MFTIP?  It’s the acronym for Managed Forest Tax Incentive Plan.  Good deal – we get a significant tax reduction if our plan qualifies.  But after the plan is written, that doesn’t mean I can sit back and relax.  Part of the plan is a requirement to list the forest management activities that we’ll be undertaking to keep our forest and wetlands vibrant.  Here’s a quote from the guidebook –  

To meet your objectives, forest management activities may be required. Appropriate management activities for the MFTIP include:  

• tree planting or harvesting;  

• recreational activities such as hiking, skiing or hunting;  

• wildlife management involving habitat work or participating in monitoring programs;  

• protecting environmentally sensitive areas by limiting disturbance; and  

• learning about your forest.  

Activities on properties in the MFTIP are to be carried out according to “good forestry practices” as defined in the Forestry Act. Good forestry practices means ” the proper implementation of harvest, renewal and maintenance activities known to be appropriate for the forest and environmental conditions under which they are being applied and that minimize detriments to forest values including significant ecosystems, important fish and wildlife habitat, soil and water quality and quantity, forest productivity and health and the aesthetics and recreational opportunities of the landscape.”  


. MFTIP encourages landowners to take an active role in maintaining the health of the forest. It is important to inspect the forest for insects, disease and other problems and monitor the results of activities. Being inactive because you are not sure of what kind of forest you have, or what management activities are appropriate, is not acceptable in the MFTIPThe


We have no problem with a few of those activities – but I will have to develop very specific activities that we will undertake over the next 5, 10 and 20 years.  I’ll have to be realistic.  I’d really love to pick a couple of threatened or endangered species and improve their habitat.  Sounds easy….. ha!  


The whip-poor-will

8 Aug

I’ve spent many hours now, compiling a list of all the threatened and endangered species that may have a range that intersects with the property.   I’ll be posting the status sheets and information on the endangered birds, mammals, plants, amphibians and fish.  I’ll also be listing which of the threatened species we have discovered finding sanctuary on our property.  Hope there are a lot of success stories to tell… 

I can start with our first “success” story – the Whip-poor-will.  This bird, though rarely seen, continues to drive us crazy at night as it continually hoots it’s very loud and mournful cry, seemingly throughout the night. 


The Whip-poor-will is usually found in areas with a mix of open and forested areas, such as open woodlands or openings in more mature, deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests. It forages in these open areas and uses forested areas for roosting (resting and sleeping) and nesting. It lays its eggs directly on the forest floor, where its colouring means it will easily remain undetected by visual predators.  Although Whip-poor-wills were once widespread throughout the central Great Lakes region of Ontario, their distribution in this area is now fragmented. The Whip-poor-will migrates to Mexico and Central America, where it stays throughout the cold Canadian winter. A couple of interesting notes – Whip-poor-will chicks seem to hatch near full moons, giving parents more light for foraging so they can supply the extra energy demands of their rapidly-growing brood.  Whip-poor-wills only call at dusk and on cloudless, nights.   We’ll have to check that out the next time we are kept awake by this bird.