Be Part of Something Big

Be Part of Something Big

Selkirk Road Public Forest Map Final resizedA year ago, we started our Restore an Acre initiative, seeking support for our restoration efforts on the 220-acre Selkirk Road Public Forest Land. The response has been fantastic. We raised over $17,000 and put that money directly into plants and labour for a variety of restoration work. We removed a Scots pine plantation that was in very poor health and starting to spread, and replaced it with a large number of fruiting shrubs to attract wildlife. We carried out patch cuts in black spruce, red pine and Eastern larch plantations, adding a mix of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns that included some of our rarest native plants. We also planted everything from Eastern hemlock to yellow violets along the trails and riparian zones and pruned hundreds of young trees.

We’ve also been getting more people out to visit the property. We hosted a volunteer day to help with some planting and pruning, and in late November held a walk for donors and their families. In addition, people have been walking the trails looking for some of the hard-to-find species such as pileated woodpeckers and barred owls. We also carried out seven bird banding days during the summer, with dozens of volunteers coming to help out and learn more about Island wildlife.

wood frog restore selkirk croppedFor those of you who have already helped support our work, I would like to personally thank you for your contributions. We are going to continue our restoration efforts on this property and make a major push before the end of the year to give donors a chance to be part of something big. We are asking individuals, businesses and schools to sponsor one acre for $200, in order to carry out another year of restoring the Selkirk Road Public Forest Land. Another way you can help is to share Restore an Acre with friends and family.

All money raised will go directly to restoring the woodlands. We’ll plant thousands of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns, prune and release valuable trees and remove invasive species. That’s a huge ecological investment made by Islands for their public forestland.

With your generous donation, you will receive:

  • a charitable tax receipt
  • an invitation to a guided walk on the property
  • a beautiful certificate recognizing your contribution

Check out for more information and to donate online through CanadaHelps. If you would like to donate and have questions, please email or call 902-651-2575. We look forward to working with you to improve Island forests one acre at a time.

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to consider this request.

Gary Schneider, Manager, Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project