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.
 
 
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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

Sep
15
Sun
1:00 pm Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our Fourth Annual Festival of Forests will be a family-friendly event, with children’s activities, guided walks, food and micro-workshops. This will be a great opportunity to explore the wonders of the Acadian Forest.
Sep
21
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn about the night sky and get to know some constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing
Oct
13
Sun
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.

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