Forests, Fish and Wildlife
Natural Island Christmas trees are a beautiful and safe part of the holiday season. Locally produced trees are environmentally friendly and provide income and employment in many rural communities. Island growers produce fresh, fragrant trees and wreaths suited to your holiday festivities and activities.
The Forest Investment Program (FIP) enables qualified land owners to borrow up to $5,000 to help them cover off their share of forest management treatments. Low interest FIP Loans are repayable in small monthly payments over a maximum of five years. For more information, contact the Forests, Fish and Wildlife division or visit the FIP web site.
Over the last few years, many Island farmers have planted trees to create hedgerows along fields and wind breaks around their homes and buildings to reduce heating costs and noise. The Shelterbelt/Buffer Zone planting program is accepting applications for the 2015 planting season.
PEI's forest fire season extends from March 15th to the end of November. During this period all outdoor fires must be accompanied by a valid burning permit, conducted only under the proper burning conditions and burning only allowable materials. The most dangerous time for Island forest fires is the period from mid April to mid June.
Coyotes were first identified on P.E.I. in the early 1980s and since then they have have becomes established across the Island. In most cases, they cause little harm but sometimes they can present problems for people, livestock and pets. The 2003 Coyote Policy was developed to help people to deal effectively with problem animals.