By Reid Masson, The Review, June 22, 2020
The Township of Glengarry is taking the region’s first crack at finding the middle ground in the contentious issue of clear-cutting and is seeking the public’s input on a proposed bylaw which would require permits to be issued before any large land clearing projects are undertaken.
Glengarry is the first area municipality to release a draft version of a bylaw to regulate the clear-cutting of trees and is seeking the public’s input by July 1. The draft Clear Cutting By-law applies to the clear-cutting of trees in areas greater than one hectare (2.5 acres). If passed, applicants will be required to submit an application along with a fee of $50 per acre up to a maximum of $500 per clear-cutting.
Clear-cutting is a contentious issue within the township and the region and the proposed bylaw is aimed at finding middle ground between those who support clear-cutting and those who would like to see the practice stopped entirely, said Jacob Rheaume, Director of Building, Bylaw and Planning for the Township of North Glengarry. The bylaw will also provide the township with awareness of planned projects and should alleviate some of the historical issues caused by unregulated clear-cutting in the municipality.