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May 9, 2014

Creating a new natural area in the Upton Farmlands

Gary Schneider, 651-2575


Put on your boots, grab a shovel and help create a new Confederation Forest in the Upton Farmlands on Saturday, May 17.  The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, with support from the PEI 2014 Fund and the Upton Farm Trust, will create a new four-hectare Acadian forest.  The planting area borders on a small woodland already protected under the Natural Areas Protection Act. 


Islanders are invited to come out anytime between 10am and 3pm and help create a unique legacy of our commitment to healthy forests and communities. 


Volunteers will be planting native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns such as red oak, white ash, witch hazel, 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.  Be prepared to get your hands dirty.  There will be light refreshments provided.


This is just one of the many activities that will make up the Upton Farmlands Confederation Forest project.  In association with Beaconsfield Historic House, there will also be a public presentation on Planting for the Future on May 15 from 7-9pm at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House in Charlottetown.  There will be information provided on natural areas, restoring our native Acadian forests and attracting wildlife.  Everyone is invited and there is no charge for the event.


Support for this project 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, or call 651-2575.



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