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The Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program and your wetland

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Let us help you save on your Managed Forest Plan while conserving one of our most important natural resources: wetlands.

Are you completing a Managed Forest Plan for your southern Ontario property? Do you have an existing wetland on your property? We can help you save on your investment.

If you are a landowner who has qualified for Ontario’s Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) and your existing wetland meets our criteria, DUC will provide a 40 per cent reimbursement (up to $600) toward your approved Managed Forest Plan. Your wetland must be a minimum of five acres (two hectares) and meet DUC’s criteria for waterfowl habitat.

This is a pilot partnership under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s MFTIP program that includes DUC, the Ontario Woodlot Association and forest landowners. This innovative partnership is helping to increase wetland stewardship in southern Ontario.

Is your wetland eligible for the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program?

The MFTIP program cannot overlap with other DUC conservation programs such as livestock exclusion fencing or installing wood duck nest boxes.

To be eligible, landowners must:

  • Complete a Managed Forest Plan through the MFTIP program (with a Managed Forest Plan Approver)
  • Identify an existing wetland in their Managed Forest Plan, which is a minimum of 5 acres (2 hectares) and provides waterfowl habitat
  • Be located within the southern Ontario eligibility area (see the map)
  • Commit to a 10-year Conservation Agreement with DUC

More about MFTIP: Tax relief for managed forests

MFTIP offers tax relief for private landowners who follow an approved Managed Forest Plan for their forest. Landowners who qualify for the program have their property classified and assessed under the Managed Forest property class. The land is taxed at 25 percent of the municipal residential tax rate. Learn more from the Ontario Woodlot Association.

Contact us to speak with a conservation specialist.

In Ontario:

Barrie (705) 721-4444 or

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