Culloden West PFL# 331603


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.

 
 
 

Property Description

Ecological Management Plan

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This property is long and narrow, running from west to east alongside the Culloden road in Queens County. The entire property has excellent road access as roads border the western and northern sides. The property has never been ploughed but over the years clear cuts and partial cuts have been made throughout. There are nine different stands, most of which have large amounts of balsam fir. Throughout the property you will find large eastern hemlock as well as yellow birch, white birch and some white spruce.
 
 
culloden map

Special notes:
Many species of birds were seen and heard on the property including a barred owl. Signs of red squirrel, snowshoe hare and raccoon were identified during the survey and several wood frogs were sighted. This indicates that this property supports good wildlife activity. The property lacks wildflowers and shrubs both in number and diversity of species.

Priorities:
Restoration work should always be aimed at improving the overall health and value of the forest. On this property, there is an excess of balsam fir of all ages, the stands are generally young, many of the trees are of poor quality and the biodiversity is low. There are also areas where harvesting can be carried out for fuelwood and lumber, and other areas where pruning would be very beneficial to the future value of the woodland.
The following are the initial areas that we will be working on:

  • Create patch cuts in balsam fir and plant and a variety of native species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns in Stands #1, #2, #3, #4 and #9.
  • Underplant more shade tolerant trees and shrubs in Stands #5, #6 and #7 to increase diversity, create food sources and improve wildlife habitat.
  • Harvest white spruce from Stand #2.
  • In Stands #5 and #6, selectively harvest fuelwood and lumber.
  • Prune and release young potential crop trees in all of the stands.

 

Click here to read our full Ecological Management Plan!


Restore an Acre

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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.

You can mail a cheque (payable to Macphail Woods) to Gary Schneider, Box 11, Belfast, PEI C0A 1A0, or donate online through CanadaHelps.

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.

Click here to find out more about how you can restore Island forests!


2000 acres of Public Forest Land Stewardship

Here you will find information on the Provincial public forest land (PFL) that we are currently stewarding. As we are able, we are adding each management plan from each property complete with our current assessment of the forest, our suggestions and planning for its future, as well as plants lists, animal lists, and other vital information about the property.

As we develop and restore these properties, we will also be using sustainable harvest practices to extract lumber, fuelwood, and other items all while improving the diversity and vitality of these woods. These management plans will give you a glimpse onto properties throughout PEI where someday your cutting boards, beds, firewood and much more might be harvested from.

Upcoming Events

Jul
6
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Se...
Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Se...
Jul 6 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 3:00 pm
Young Ecologists: Session One This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and
Jul
13
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Jul 13 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 3:00 pm
Nature Discovery: Session One This camp will introduce the children to the woods, stream and native tree nursery that surround our Nature Center. The campers will delight in learning to use all their senses to
Jul
20
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm
Becoming a Naturalist Session One This camp focuses on encountering and describing the natural world. Through the use of art and other hands-on outdoor activities, they’ll expand their understanding of life in the woodlands, waterways,
Jul
25
Sat
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Come on out and learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, we’ll head off to
Jul
27
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm
Bushcraft Ecology Ages 12-14 These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibres, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will

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