County forests no longer just num­bers

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.

Green­field For­est

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.

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