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.
This property is located on Route #205, known as the Klondyke Road, in Kings County. The property is a long strip of land that runs north from the road. There is a beautiful stream about 2m wide half-way through the property with a reasonably healthy riparian zone. Another stream is present in the southeast property corner and a boggy area is located in the northwest corner of the property. As with most Prince Edward Island properties, some sections were farmed in the past and most areas have been heavily harvested at least once. The former agricultural land is in the southern and northern sections of the property. The healthiest and most valuable tree communities are found in the central area of the property and these areas should provide excellent seed sources for other parts of the property.
The property contains six plantations – one black spruce, one white spruce, one red spruce, one red pine and two white pine. The northern end of the property is an old field with a white spruce stand that is now beginning to break up. It is surrounded by clearcuts on the north, west and east, which increases the wind and is speeding up the blowdown of the spruce.
The forest road should provide excellent access but will need extensive work before the northern section can be accessed by any machines. There has been extensive erosion taking place for years on the steep approach from southern side of wooden bridge. The bridge itself is rotting and prevents vehicles from going any further.
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