Macphail Woods hosts for­est work­shop

Good op­por­tu­nity to learn more about wood­lands

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Gary Sch­nei­der will host a For­est Restora­tion pre­sen­ta­tion and walk Satur­day on the grounds of the Sir An­drew Macphail Home­stead in Or­well.

Ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 2 p.m. in the Na­ture Cen­tre.

There is no ad­mis­sion fee and reg­is­tra­tion is not re­quired. The work­shop is part of an ex­ten­sive series of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties at Macphail Woods. For more in­for­ma­tion on this or up­com­ing tours and work­shops, call 902651-2575, check out web­site at macphail­woods.org, or check Face­book.

For­est restora­tion is at­tract­ing more and more at­ten­tion these days as peo­ple work to re­verse the degra­da­tion they see hap­pen­ing all across the re­gion.

The work­shop will look at the con­cepts be­hind restor­ing our na­tive Aca­dian forests, no mat­ter what state they are in. Par­tic­i­pants will walk the trails and dis­cuss ways to im­prove dif­fer­ent types of wood­lands.

As part of its work on restor­ing the na­tive Aca­dian for­est, the Macphail Woods project has been us­ing a va­ri­ety of sil­vi­cul­tural tech­niques to im­prove and en­rich stands of old field white spruce or low-value hard­woods. The thin­nings and small patch cuts are gen­er­ally fol­lowed with plant­ings that in­cor­po­rate a mix­ture of na­tive trees and shrubs to im­prove di­ver­sity, en­hance wildlife habi­tat and add value.

Rare plants such as hem­lock, red oak, white ash, iron­wood, witch hazel and hob­ble­bush have been planted through­out the for­est, though more com­mon plants such as yel­low birch, white pine, sugar maple and striped maple have also been added. Each area of wood­land is looked at as a sep­a­rate unit to as­sess what plants will do best in the area and what cut­ting prac­tices would ac­tu­ally im­prove for­est health.

The walk will pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to not only learn more about wood­lands but also to share your knowl­edge.

While walk­ing through the var­i­ous for­est types, par­tic­i­pants will dis­cuss the va­ri­ety of tech­niques that can be used to im­prove the sites, which may in­volve cut­ting and/or plant­ing.

Bring ideas and your for­est prob­lems - there will be plenty of time for dis­cus­sion.

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