Woodland Ecology: An Introduction to Forest Stewardship

Woodland Ecology

An Introduction to Forest Stewardship
Saturday, October 5th
9am – 4pm

 Whether it is one acre or one hundred acres, owning a woodlot can be a joyful but daunting task. Creating trails, restoring biodiversity and learning how to harvest responsibly all require a variety of skills, everything from plant identification to pruning to habitat improvement. Being able to safely and responsibly work in your own forest is extremely rewarding and will provide benefits for generations to come.

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Over the past twenty five years, the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project has been restoring forests across the Island, whether on private woodlands, municipal properties or provincial public forest land. Through our experience, we’ve developed tried and true methods for increasing biodiversity, improving wildlife habitat, harvesting sustainably, and adding value to your forest. Smaller patch cuts can create wonderful areas for native plantings; selective thinnings can improve the health of the forest while still providing firewood for the winter; and basic plant identification can let you see other amazing values in your forest such as delicious fiddleheads and chanterelle mushrooms.

Our Woodland Ecology course helps landowners gain the knowledge and skills they need to enjoy, improve and manage their own forest whether it be through creating better access, harvesting wood or creating a refuge for local wildlife. Over the day, participants will gain hands-on experience in pruning, plant identification, habitat improvement, harvesting, forest planning, and more.

While observing various forest types, participants will discuss what techniques would be suitable for improving the health of the forest. Methods will add both ecological and economic value to your woodland and provide a place to enjoy our Island ecology for generations.

This course will be excellent for woodlot owners, watershed workers, wildlife managers and parks employees. We’ll spend most of the time outdoors looking at plants and a variety of forest habitats.

The one-day course runs from 9am till 4:30pm. Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre where students will have the use of a variety of pruning and planting tools. There will also be pruning saws for sale for any who are interested. The total cost for the course is $100.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact us via email danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone (902)651-2575

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We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

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All campers are to be prepaid. However, refunds are accepted up until 2 weeks before the camp date. You will receive a full refund up until a month before the class date. Half the class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

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All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.

Upcoming Events

7:30 pm Owl Prowl
Owl Prowl
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come join the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project in celebrating the wonderful world of owls at one of this year’s Owl Prowls. To meet the growing interest in these fascinating birds, there will be Owl
7:30 pm Owl Prowl
Owl Prowl
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come join the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project in celebrating the wonderful world of owls at one of this year’s Owl Prowls. To meet the growing interest in these fascinating birds, there will be Owl
2:00 pm Landscaping with Native Plants
Landscaping with Native Plants
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Want to spend less time cutting grass and more time enjoying the beautiful plants around your home? This workshop introduces a variety of hardy native plants to attract wildlife and beautify your yard.
8:00 am Birds and Breakfast
Birds and Breakfast
May 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The Macphail Homestead will be open at 7am to serve a free “early bird” breakfast. Join other birders beside the fireplace in the Great Room for at hot beverage and breakfast treats to start your
10:00 am Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Participants will practice pruning on a variety of plants in the nursery, arboretum and woodlands. Please bring along any of your favourite pruning tools. Workshop will include a slide show and demonstration of proper pruning

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