Dave Legg

I am a Registered Professional Forester responsible for the management of the Dryden Forest. This forest is managed by a group of dedicated loggers and foresters who are involved from the outset; planning through to growing a new forest.

In my job, I find everyone who works in the forest wants to ensure the splendour of Canada’s natural resources are there for many future generations.

Forest management planning in Ontario is a 3-year complex process.  The majority of this time I spend talking to users of the forest; including First Nations Communities, trappers, blue berry pickers, tourism operators, hikers, fisherman, hunters, etc., to understand what the forest provides for them.    

Then there are the non-human values; such as wildlife habitat, bird nests, water and fish.  What does the forest have to do with fish?   Trees along the shore can have an influence on the temperature of the water.  This is most prevalent along smaller streams and lesser so on larger lakes.  Understanding this allows us to cut trees closer to the water on lakes, while leaving the trees along streams.  When harvesting, should a tree fall into the water we leave the tree in the lake to provide fish habitat, particularly Northern Pike (Jackfish).

Forest access roads are also considered.  Some tourist resorts operate a remote wilderness experience while hunters and fisherman would like all roads to be usable to get to their special lake.  Road use strategies are developed to protect and provide opportunities.  Some roads may be made impassable while other roads will continue to be open for public use.

The amount of forest being cut is also managed, cutting less than 1% of the forest each year.   With forest renewal efforts, a young forest is established ready to grow for the next 70-100 years when they will be cut once again, starting this natural cycle over.

In order to manage the forest for everyone, my job as a Registered Professional Foresters is to balance the social, environmental and economic aspects of the forest.