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 walk the trails and discuss ways to improve different types of woodlands.
Forest restoration is attracting more and more attention these days as people work to reverse the degradation they see happening all across the region. The workshop will look at the concepts behind restoring our native Acadian forest, no matter what state they are in.
As part of its work on restoring the native Acadian forest, the Macphail Woods project has been using a variety of silvicultural techniques to improve and enrich stands of old field white spruce or low-value hardwoods. The thinnings and small patch cuts are generally followed with plantings that incorporate a mixture of native trees and shrubs to improve diversity, enhance wildlife habitat and add value.
The walk will provide an excellent opportunity to not only learn more about woodlands but also to share your knowledge. While walking through the various forest types, participants will discuss the variety of techniques that could be used to improve the sites, which may involve cutting and/or planting. Bring your ideas and your forest problems – there will be plenty of time for discussion.