In an effort to improve the health of our forests and create a model for environmental stewardship, Macphail Woods is launching the Restore an Acre initiative. All donations will be used in the restoration of a 220-acre Public Forest on the Selkirk Road (Route #23) in Valley, part of the 2,000 acres we are managing for the provincial government.
The property is located in Lewes on the eastern side of Route #23, the Selkirk Road, in Queens County. The property has never been ploughed and no plantations where established in any of the stands. Much of the balsam fir, which resulted from heavy cutting in the past, is now starting to die. Two stands on the western end of the property were tendered out for strip cutting by the provincial government in 2005 but were not planted. Both have substantial amounts of pin cherry and raspberry growing in the cuts.
Three stands were clear cut 20-25 years ago and are located in the eastern half of the property. These cut areas have mostly grown up in red maple, balsam fir and white birch. The red maple and some of the birch regeneration are multi stemmed trees which originated from stump sprouts. The remaining stands are mostly composed of deciduous trees, with varying amounts of balsam fir. The property has a good forest road that runs through the property. The forest road is starting to show signs of regrowth and will need to be maintained.