Larose Forest Day celebrates tenth anniversary
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.