Meeting tonight to discuss creating new natural area in Fernwood

Darlene Shea
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BEDEQUE – Put on your boots, grab a shovel and help create a new Confederation Forest in Fernwood. The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, with support from the P.E.I. 2014 Fund, will create a new Acadian forest on the Seacow Head cliffs property, a designated natural area owned by the Island Nature Trust.

Map showing the planting site for Saturday’s planting day for a new Acadian forest in Fernwood.

On Wednesday, May 7, there will be a public presentation on Planting for the Future, at the Craig Memorial Hall in Bedeque from 7 to 9 p.m. Information will be provided on natural areas, restoring our native Acadian forests and attracting wildlife. Everyone is invited and there is no charge for the event.

Then on Saturday, May 10, the Macphail Woods staff will host a volunteer planting day at the Fernwood site.

“We invite all Islanders to come out and help us create a unique legacy of our commitment to healthy forests and communities,” said Gary Schneider with the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project.

The volunteer event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The first tree will be planted by the Robert Henderson, minister of Tourism and Culture. 

“The Confederation Forest is one of the important legacy projects made possible with funding from the P.E.I. 2014 Fund,” said Henderson. “Not only are Islanders and visitors invited to assist in planting these new forests, but they will be enjoyed by generations of future Islanders.”

Volunteers will be planting native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns such as red oak, wild rose and blue flag iris. Throughout the day, Macphail Woods staff will be teaching best planting practices, offering pruning tips and helping with identification. Participants should be prepared to get their hands dirty. There will be light refreshments provided.

Support for this planting is also being provided by Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding program. For more information and a map to the planting site, check out our website, www.macphailwoods.org, or call 651-2575.

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Fernwood

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