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The public meeting will provide residents and stakeholders with an opportunity to provide feedback on the By-law directly to County Council prior to Council’s final consideration Oxford County has updated the draft version of the Woodlands Conservation By-law for Council’s consideration.  The draft By-law was prepared after an extensive consultation process including public meetings in November and December of 2016 and again in November 2017. Public and stakeholder input has been a key element in updating the bylaw. County Council will receive the draft Woodlands Conservation By-law and hold a public meeting to provide interested persons and stakeholders an opportunity to provide further input into the By-law on:


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Oxford County Administration Building

21 Reeve Street, Woodstock ON

7:00 pm

Residents and other stakeholders of Oxford County are encouraged to attend the public meeting for an opportunity to provide feedback to Council regarding the new draft By-law and the County’s efforts to improve customer service.


The public meeting will begin with a brief presentation by staff followed by an opportunity for public and stakeholder comments and questions.


The current Woodlands Conservation Bylaw was adopted by Council in 2004 (and subsequently amended in 2006) to support responsible forestry management practices and environmental stewardship of woodland areas within the County. 


The Woodlands Conservation Bylaw is vital because it helps Oxford County to sustain the community’s environmental and natural heritage resources. Additionally, the bylaw helps to conserve and improve woodlands through good forestry practices, while protecting the social, economic and environmental value of woodlands. The bylaw also helps the County to enhance biodiversity and forest resilience that will allow the community to adapt to climate change and other environmental threats to forest health. The updated draft bylaw that will be presented to Council on May 23, 2018 can be viewed at the link with additional opportunities for public input available online at



The first tree bylaw in Oxford County was enacted in 1946. The bylaw has undergone numerous amendments and updates over the years reflecting changes to legislation and regulations regarding tree conservation in Ontario. The current County Woodlands Conservation Bylaw was adopted by Council in 2004, and amended in 2006. The bylaw has served as an effective tool for supporting responsible forestry management practices and environmental stewardship of woodland areas.

The County of Oxford has undertaken extensive review and public consultation regarding the updated Woodlands Conservation By-law, including a comprehensive review of the County’s customer service practices.  The proposed By-law and improvements in customer service and enforcement activities is the result of the feedback obtained from five public meetings and numerous comments received through the County’s social media feeds.


Social media and online content

Speak Up, Oxford! – Woodlands Conservation Bylaw

Facebook: Oxford County

Twitter: Oxford County

Oxford County newsroom


About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at



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