Archive for April, 2014


April 30, 2014

When: THURSDAY MAY 29/14 AT 7 P.M





Memberships will be available
For those waiting to see the Master Plan, there are several changes that we have requested from Ekistics and once we get back the revised edition, we will post it on this site.  
Thank you for your patience.  We hope to have it up very soon.

Great news! Come plant some TREES! May 17, 2014 10-3pm

April 29, 2014

The Upton Farm Trust was successful in being awarded one of these ‘spots’!


August 27, 2013

The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project will be creating a new four-hectare Confederation Forest in each of our three counties as part of the 2014 celebrations.  We are now beginning our search for suitable sites.  The three Acadian forests will become a lasting legacy of our Confederation, highlighting our continuing efforts to create healthy communities that include natural areas.  We have received funds from the PEI 2014 program for these plantings and will be raising additional funds to supplement this grant.  


Native plant species of trees, shrubs, ferns and wildflowers will be used and on each site we will plant large red oak, our provincial tree. Unsurfaced walking trails will be integrated into the planting design to encourage active lifestyles and promote the enjoyment of these new natural areas. But most importantly, the new forests will become valuable habitat for Island wildlife, provide seed sources for rare trees and shrubs and offer valuable teaching opportunities for local schools and community groups. 


Leading up to the plantings, a series of community gatherings will be held to explore the role of forests in Island history since Confederation and the values they presently offer. The design of the local Confederation Forest planting and the importance of positive community action to restore our Island’s delicate ecosystems will also be discussed. 


In order to host one of these Confederation Forests, you would have a property that was approximately four hectares or larger.  It could be open (an old field or a grassed parkland) area or lightly wooded.  It must be accessible to the public and there must be a long-term commitment to keep the area as a woodland.  The plantings will be the start of a forest, and will become more and more beautiful as the trees get older.  They are meant to be natural areas, instead of parks with tall trees and lots of mown grass.  Think of the woodlands in Victoria Park, as opposed to the tall trees and grass of Rochford Square in Charlottetown. 


Macphail Woods will supply the native plants, create the trail, look after the publicity and signage, and lead the community events.  We will encourage volunteer assistance and community support for each planting.


Suggested sites will be given a thorough assessment.  We expect there will be lots of interest and would like to know about potential sites by October 15, with hopes of having the three sites selected by November 30.  If your community is interested or would like more information, please contact me at or call 651-2575.  


Thank you for your consideration.


Gary Schneider, Project Supervisor

Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project


I’m very excited to let you know that we’ve selected the Upton Farmlands property as our Confederation Forest in Queens County.  We had about 15 applications but we were very excited about the proximity to the NAPA-designated woodland, the accessibility, the visibility, the potential for expansion, and the keenness of your organization.  

Looking forward to working with you and your organization.   

Take care, Gary





Upton Dogs

April 24, 2014

Upton Dogs

Rudy, Ireland and Oliver

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