What you should know
Shelterbelts, woodlots and bush include any trees and shrubs on your property, whether naturally occurring or planted. Regardless of their size or shape, they provide environmental benefits.
Trees, shelterbelts, woodlots and bush provide economic and environmental value in a number of ways:
- Source of timber, fibre, and non-timber forest products;
- Enhanced aesthetics and property value; Increased crop yields;
- Contributing to a balanced ecosystem;
- Wind and water erosion control, flood control, increased water holding capacity in soil, regulating water flow and absorption;
- Reduced heat losses and protection from wind around buildings and livestock;
- Control of snow drifting; and
- Carbon sequestration.
To maximize these benefits, trees and shrubs need to be kept healthy. Pests, fire risk and activities by humans and livestock are key concerns that can impact the health of bush, shelterbelts and woodlots.
What you can do
- Scout your trees and monitor for overall health, pests and fire risk.
- Manage activities on these lands for recreation, livestock and machinery use.
- Follow a maintenance plan and rejuvenate older stands.
- Know and understand the legislation that pertains to managing woodlots.
- Manage your operation to meet and if possible exceed legislation.
- Use this chapter to find out how well you are managing your trees, shelterbelts, woodlots or bush.