In August of 2011, a Tree Preservation By-Law was passed controlling the injuring or destruction of trees in an area of the Lakeshore defined as the "bluff." The purpose of the By-Law is to:
- Protect vegetation in the Lakeshore Urban Area along the bluff for the purpose of habitat protection, water quality, aesthetics, and a buffer zone;
- Retention of tree cover in the lakeshore area;
- Minimizing the destruction or injuring of trees;
- Regulating and controlling th removal, maintenance and protection of trees;
- Protecting, promoting and enhancing the aesthetic values of land;
- Sustaining a healthy natural environment;
- Prevent soil erosion and water run-off;
- Protecting significant and sensitive natural areas to ensure maximum environmental benefits of trees in both urban and rural settings;
- Contributing to human health and quality of life through the maintenance of tree cover and woodlots;
- Protecting woodlots that are less than 1 hectare in size and not under the jurisdiction of the County of Bruce Forest Conservation By-Law.
As stipulated in the by-law, the land affected by this is defined as the "bluff":"Bluff" is the sloped area that comprised the old Algonquin shoreline and runs parallel to the Lake Huron shoreline between the North and South boundaries of the Township of Huron-Kinloss and shall inlcude the area defined as the toe of the bluff to 3 metres beyond the top of the bluff.
To see if your property falls in this area, please check the map.