Woodland Ecology: An Introduction to Forest Stewardship

October 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Macphail Woods Nature Centre
269 McPhail Park Rd
Vernon Bridge, PE C0A 2E0
Gary Schneider
(902) 651-2575

Woodland Ecology:
An Introduction to Forest Stewardship

Saturday, October 6th

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.