Valley: PFL #333922

Yellow Birch Huge Selkrk

restore an acre small 2In 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.

 
 
 

Ecological Management Plan

Property Description

This woodland, like most of Prince Edward Island’s forest, is a patchwork of stand types with a mixture of origins. It was once a working farm, with a large area of previously-cleared land towards at the Selkirk Road that has grown up predominantly in white spruce. Some unploughed woodland at the western end of the property contains large yellow birch, sugar maple and hemlock. Several smaller clear cuts of approximately .34 ha each were done in the older hardwoods, date unknown. In 2000, a 4.75 ha clearcut was done and in 2001 blocks of Red spruce and Japanese larch were planted. There are also two black spruce plantations in poor shape, due to excessive competition from alders. This has led to many trees having twisted stems and/or forked tops and survival has been low.

PFL # 333922 IonaThere are two riparian areas and an alder swale that deserve special attention. Riparian zones are among the most productive habitats on Prince Edward Island for both plants and animals. The alder-dominated areas occupy sensitive, wetter soils and care should be taken to avoid any rutting that would compact the soil and disrupt the drainage pattern. Otherwise, the land is relatively flat and well-drained, with sandy soil. Access is good throughout the stands, except for the western end across the stream. The property is obviously capable of growing large-diameter, long-lived trees and but the old farmland will pose special problems for restoration. It lacks seed sources for many of the more desirable species of native trees and shrubs. The roadway running the length of the property offers a great opportunity to add large numbers of native plants that are especially-attractive for wildlife. The edges will have more sunlight over a longer period and allow greater fruiting and flowering of plants such as American mountain ash, serviceberry, highbush cranberry, beaked hazelnut, hawthorn and the elderberries.

Special notes:

The western end of the property composes a key part of the territory of a pair of barred owls, which are regularly seen in the area. There are excellent wildlife trees in this area and care should be taken to ensure that the stand structure is maintained. The area also has several witch hazels growing, one of the province’s rarest native shrubs. The woodlands of the property to the immediate South are home to a nesting pair of Northern goshawks.

There are also thousands of young yellow birch and lesser numbers of red maple and sugar maple along the road that could be transplanted into the patch cuts. Several large piles of wood have been left to rot at the edge of the road.

Click here to download full Ecological Management Plan.

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will