Iona: PFL #327304


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.

 
 
 

Ecological Management Plan


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PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

The overall history of this property is typical of most woodlands in the province, with the area closest to the road farmed and then abandoned and the land further back left in forest. There are unploughed areas and forests growing on old fields. This property has a large amount of older conifer plantations – red pine, white pine, Scots pine, Norway spruce and Japanese larch – some of which are starting to break up. The challenge will be to find a market for these products and to harvest them as they reach the end of their life cycle. Several of the original red pine plantings on this property, carried out in the 1950’s, started to die and were clearcut and one has been replanted in Japanese larch. Another large area was clearcut and replanted in white pine, while other blocks were clearcut and never replanted. Towards the back of the property, there is an excellent area of mixed hardwoods. Though young, they are of high quality and should provide good value in the future.

The land is well-drained and obviously capable of growing high-quality trees. Some of the hardwoods are of very good quality, while the white pine, Norway spruce and Japanese larch have grown into quite large-diameter trees.

PFL #327304 - IonaThe swale at the eastern end of the property was once a seasonal stream and probably continues to carry water in the spring. After a clearcut, it grew up in a mix of early successional species, but along the stream-bed there is a large number of beaked hazelnut. Riparian zones even of seasonal streams, are among the most productive habitats on Prince Edward Island for both plants and animals and much better stewardship should be displayed in these areas.

The roadway running the length of the property also offers a great opportunity to add large numbers of native plants that are especially-attractive for wildlife. The edges along both sides of the roadway have more sunlight over a longer period and allow greater fruiting and flowering of plants such as American mountain ash, serviceberry, high-bush cranberry, beaked hazelnut, hawthorn and the elderberries.

Special notes: As with most of the public forest land, there are piles of wood that have been left beside the road. There are also older garbage piles along the road and some newer dumps as well.

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Species found on this property

Wildflowers

  • starflower
  • veronica
  • heal-all
  • raspberry
  • dwarf raspberry
  • blueberry
  • blackberry
  • bristly black current
  • wild strawberry
  • wild sarsaparilla
  • goldenrods (spp.)
  • wood sorrel
  • whorled wood aster
  • asters(spp.)
  • wild lily of the valley
  • yarrow
  • indian pipe
  • common speedwell
  • hawkweed (spp.)
  • creeping buttercup
  • bluebead lily
  • bunchberry
  • woodrush
Wildlife

  • black-capped chickadee
  • brown creeper
  • American robin
  • blue jay
  • cedar waxwing
  • solitary vireo
  • red-eye vireo
  • rose-breasted grosbeak
  • northern flicker
  • downy woodpecker
  • hairy woodpecker
  • yellow-bellied sapsucker
  • northern raven
  • red-tail hawk
  • red squirrel
  • red fox
  • eastern coyote
  • snowshoe hare
  • striped skunk
Shrubs

  • American mountain ash
  • European mountain ash
  • alternate-leaf dogwood
  • red-berried elder
  • mountain maple
  • wild raisin
  • pin cherry
  • beaked hazelnut
  • speckled alder
  • winterberry holly
  • bayberry
  • chokecherry
  • downy alder
Wildflowers cont..

  • sedges (spp.)
  • painted trillium
  • fireweed
  • prince’s pine
  • common lady’s slipper
  • twinflower
  • agrimony

Fungi, mosses & lichens

  • old man’s beard
  • ground pine
  • shining club moss
  • ground cedar
Ferns

  • bracken fern
  • lady fern
  • wood fern

Upcoming Events

Apr
21
Sun
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
Apr
27
Sat
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
May
4
Sat
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.
May
11
Sat
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
May
18
Sat
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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