La­rose Fo­rest Day ce­le­brates tenth an­ni­ver­sa­ry

Vision (Canada) - - Collectivité / Community - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

The daf­fo­dil is the flo­wer that sym­bo­lizes tenth an­ni­ver­sa­ries. While there may be still too much snow on the ground for any daf­fo­dils to bloom, that isn’t going to stop the Tenth An­nual La­rose Fo­rest Day ce­le­bra­tion on Fe­brua­ry 20.

The Uni­ted Coun­ties of Pres­cott-Rus­sell has been the ow­ner and ma­na­ger for de­cades of the com­mu­ni­ty fo­rest which bor­ders Al­fred-Plan­ta­ge­net and Rus­sell Town­ships, The Na­tion Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, and the Ci­ty of Cla­rence-Ro­ck­land. The com­mu­ni­ty woo­dland area is na­med in ho­nour of Fer­di­nand La­rose, a lo­cal agro­no­mist who pio­nee­red re­fo­res­ta­tion ef­forts du­ring the 1920s and 1930s, to re­claim “the Bour­get De­sert” of aban­do­ned farm­lands that past ne­glect and Les sen­tiers de­vraient être en­nei­gés et bien amé­ne­gés pour les équipes de traî­neaux chiens qui cour­ront dans les bois, lors de la cé­lé­bra­tion de la 10e Jour­née an­nuelle de la fo­rêt La­rose, le 20 fé­vrier. erosion had tur­ned in­to a bar­ren was­te­land of san­dy soil.

“There’s more ac­ti­vi­ties going on in the fo­rest in win­ter,” said Louis Pré­vost, UCPR di­rec­tor for plan­ning and fo­res­try, concer­ning the se­lec­tion of Fe­brua­ry for the an­nual com­mu­ni­ty fo­rest ce­le­bra­tion.

“And it’s all just to give back to the com­mu­ni­ty and to al­so wel­come the pu­blic to the fo­rest,” Pré­vost ad­ded. “La­rose Fo­rest be­longs to them.”

Among the events plan­ned for La­rose Fo­rest Day are dog sled ra­cing, cour­te­sy of the mem­bers of Mush La­rose, “fat” bike trail races, cross-coun­try skiing, sleigh rides, and a com­mu­ni­ty bon­fire for people to sit around and drink hot cho­co­late and so­cia­lize. The fun starts at the par­king area at the end of In­dian Creek Road, in­side the La­rose Fo­rest, off of Coun­ty Road 8 in­ter­sec­tion for the fo­rest of­fice.

—pho­to Gregg Cham­ber­lain

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