County forests no longer just numbers
Signs have been posted at seven newly-renamed forests in StormontDundas-Glengarry, implementing last year’s counties council decision to end the practice of referring to county forests by their compartment numbers.
In North Glengarry, a tract formerly known as Compartment 47 is now Greenfield Forest. In South Glengarry, Compartments 1, 2, 3 and 4 are now Sandfield MacDonald Forest, and Compartments 43 and 44 are called Frog Hollow Forest.
The former names were not easy to remember and did not reflect the importance of these properties to local communities, noted a committee that drew up the recommendations. Many residents are not aware of the county’s forests which are available for recreation, hunting, and other passive uses, the committee said.
Accessed via County Road 30, this forest is close to the hamlet of Greenfield in North Glengarry. The name recognizes the importance to the local community and provides an easy geographic reference for visitors. There were no significant historical or environmental features noted by the committee.
Sandfield MacDonald Forest
Accessed through Chapel and Beaverbrook Roads, this forest is sometimes referred to as the Charlottenburgh Forest, however, there is another “Charlottenburgh Forest” owned by South Glengarry. This forest has several important environmental features, but none was found suitable for a name. The committee noted that Sir John Sandfield MacDonald, the first Premier of Ontario, was born and raised in nearby St. Raphael's. An historical plaque can be seen from the road just a few minutes east. The committee felt this name would appropriately recognize an important historical figure from the area.
Frog Hollow Forest
The forest is accessed from Frog Hollow Road. The committee liked the unique name that both recognizes the local community and provides a good reference for location.
The other newly-named properties are the Alvin Runnalls Forest in North Dundas via County Road 7, Red Town Forest in North Stormont via Red Town Road, Riverside-Whitney Forest in South Dundas via Riverside Drive, and Whipperwill Forest in South Stormont via Whipperwill Lane.
OFFICIAL: Greenfield is one of the areas where forests have been re-named.