Selkirk Road Public Forest: PFL #333955 & 453670

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


These side-by-side properties have similar histories and are being managed as one large block. The land runs westerly from the Selkirk Road in Queens County, an area that has many remnant stands of our native Acadian forest. Like most woodlands in Prince Edward Island, this forest is a patchwork of stand types with a mixture of origins. Some of the land was once farmed, with a large area of previously-cleared land along the Selkirk Road. Towards the western end, a block of unploughed woodland contains large yellow birch, sugar maple and hemlock.

The formerly-agricultural land for the most part has grown up in white spruce, or been planted in blocks of white spruce, black spruce, white pine, red pine, Scots pine, eastern larch and some non-native firs. The plantations were established from 1972 to 2005. Most of these areas have low biological diversity.

PFL - valley double

The unploughed land has a diversity of stand types, with a large block dominated by eastern hemlock, another with some extremely large yellow birch, and areas of almost pure beech.There are also younger mixed stands and areas where the fir is dying out due to being attacked by balsam woolly adelgids (Adelges piceae).

The land is slightly rolling and well-drained for the most part and is capable of growing very high quality trees. There is an extensive riparian area within the property, which include several abandoned beaver impoundments and one poorly-drained area that has some of the highest biological diversity on the site. Access is good throughout the property due to the extensive road system already in place, though these need to be maintained.

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Species found on this property


  • white spruce
  • black spruce
  • red spruce
  • balsam fir
  • silver fir
  • Nordmann fir
  • white pine
  • red pine
  • Scots pine
  • eastern hemlock
  • eastern larch
  • sugar maple
  • red maple
  • striped maple
  • black ash
  • large-tooth aspen
  • trembling aspen
  • white birch
  • grey birch
  • yellow birch
  • American beech
  • wild apple (spp.)

  • starflower
  • heal-all
  • raspberry
  • wild sarsaparilla
  • wild strawberry
  • goldenrod (spp.)
  • wood sorrel
  • whorled wood aster
  • wild lily of the valley
  • pinesap
  • indian pipe
  • common speedwell
  • hawkweed (spp.)
  • creeping buttercup
  • bluebead lily
  • bunchberry
  • woodrush
  • painted trillium
  • fireweed
  • prince’s pine
  • common lady’s slipper
  • twinflower
Wildflowers cont..

  • wild cucumber
  • goldthread
  • beechdrops
  • hairy sweet cicely
  • sedges (spp.)
  • helleborine
  • one-sided shinleaf

Fungi, mosses & lichens

  • old man’s beard
  • red stem moss
  • pillow moss
  • common hair-cap moss
  • running clubmoss
  • bristly clubmoss
  • ground pine
  • lung lichen
  • polypores
  • puffball (spp.)
  • chaterelle mushrooms

  • American mountain ash
  • European mountain ash
  • highbush cranberry
  • hobblebush
  • round-leaf dogwood
  • alternate-leaf dogwood
  • red-berried elder
  • mountain maple
  • wild raisin
  • pin cherry
  • witch hazel
  • beaked hazelnut
  • serviceberry
  • speckled alder
  • ground hemlock

  • bracken fern
  • beech fern
  • cinnamon fern
  • crested wood fern
  • christmas fern
  • hay-scented fern
  • interrupted fern
  • marsh fern
  • New York fern
  • oak fern
  • ostrich fern
  • royal fern
  • wood fern

  • black-capped chickadee
  • golden-crowned kinglet
  • American robin
  • blue jay
  • American goldfinch
  • solitary vireo
  • red-eye vireo
  • hermit thrush
  • red-breasted nuthatch
  • pine grosbeak
  • ruffed grouse
  • northern flicker
  • downy woodpecker
  • hairy woodpecker
  • yellow-bellied sapsucker
  • pileated woodpecker
  • barred owl
  • northern goshawk
  • northern raven
  • red squirrel
  • red fox
  • eastern coyote
  • snowshoe hare
  • raccoon
  • deer mice
  • American toad
  • yellow-spotted salamander
  • red-back salamander
  • red-spotted newt
  • wood frog

Upcoming Events

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
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
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,
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
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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