Weatherbie: PFL #329912


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


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.

Click here to read our full Ecological Forestry Management plan…

Species found on this property


  • white spruce
  • black spruce
  • red spruce
  • balsam fir
  • white pine
  • red pine
  • eastern hemlock
  • eastern larch
  • sugar maple
  • red maple
  • striped maple
  • large-tooth aspen
  • trembling aspen
  • white birch
  • grey birch
  • yellow birch
  • American beech
  • wild apple (spp.)
  • american elm

  • starflower
  • raspberry
  • wild sarsaparilla
  • wild strawberry
  • goldenrod (spp.)
  • narrow-leaf goldenrod
  • canada goldenrod
  • asters (spp.)
  • whorled wood aster
  • tall white aster
  • Canada thistle
  • virginia creeper
  • purple violet
  • white violet
  • wild lily of the valley
  • pyrola (spp.)
  • indian pipe
  • common speedwell
  • hawkweed (spp.)
  • dandelion
  • bluebead lily
  • bunchberry
  • woodrush
  • avens (spp.)
Wildflowers cont..

  • veronica
  • painted trillium
  • fireweed
  • prince’s pine
  • common lady’s slipper
  • pink lady’s slipper
  • twinflower
  • wild cucumber
  • jewelweed (spp.)
  • false soloman’s seal
  • sheep laurel
  • goldthread
  • beechdrops
  • hairy sweet cicely
  • sedges (spp.)

Fungi, mosses & lichens

  • old man’s beard
  • running clubmoss
  • bristly clubmoss
  • ground pine
  • lung lichen
  • polypores
  • spaghnam moss (spp.)

  • European mountain ash
  • highbush cranberry
  • hobblebush
  • round-leaf dogwood
  • alternate-leaf dogwood
  • red-berried elder
  • mountain maple
  • wild raisin
  • pin cherry
  • witch hazel
  • beaked hazelnut
  • serviceberry
  • speckled alder
  • ground hemlock
  • willow
  • bayberry
  • roses (spp.)
  • rosa rugosa
  • Japanese honeysuckle
  • ninebark
  • barberry
  • common elder

  • bracken fern
  • rattlesnake fern
  • cinnamon fern
  • hay-scented fern
  • ostrich fern
  • wood ferns (spp.)

  • black-capped chickadee
  • golden-crowned kinglet
  • American robin
  • blue jay
  • dark-eyed junco
  • solitary vireo
  • red-eye vireo
  • hermit thrush
  • swainson’s thrush
  • red-breasted nuthatch
  • black-throated green warbler
  • Canada goose
  • northern parula
  • ruby-throated hummingbird
  • ovenbird
  • ruffed grouse
  • downy woodpecker
  • hairy woodpecker
  • yellow-bellied sapsucker
  • northern raven
  • red squirrel
  • chipmunk
  • snowshoe hare
  • skunk

Upcoming Events

7:30 pm Owl Prowl 2017 #3
Owl Prowl 2017 #3
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Owl Prowl 2017 #3 @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
Come celebrate the wonderful world of owls at one of three Owl Prowls at the Macphail Homestead in Orwell on April 21, 22 and 29. The Sir Andrew Macphail Foundation will open up the Great
10:00 am Landscaping with Native Plants
Landscaping with Native Plants
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Landscaping with Native Plants @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The use of native plants to improve wildlife habitat, beautify yards and reduce the size of lawns is attracting a lot of attention these days. A wide variety of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns
8:00 am Birds 8 am and Breakfast 7 am
Birds 8 am and Breakfast 7 am
May 13 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Birds 8 am and Breakfast 7 am @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
Island woodlands are alive with birds and their songs. While year-round avian residents such as barred owls and juncos are already sitting on their nests, many migrants have just now returned and are singing up