May Days

Dear members and friends,

We’ll be camping out again – this year for four days beginning Friday, May 12th!

Please note tree planting demo will be on Saturday, not Sunday as originally planned

As you may recall, last year FRS board member Billy MacDonald camped out for all of May on the Porter Road Public (Crown) land that borders and is the upland watershed to FRS land. He was frequently joined by others to walk the land, document flora, fauna, cultural and other land features, to pick up garbage or just sit and enjoy the view.

As part of the Society’s Talking Forests educational series, the following events are planned on site, weather permitting:

Friday – Night Walk starting at dusk

Saturday – Tree Planting Demonstration with Tom Miller, starting at 10AM.

The demonstration will include, but not be limited to, hardwood and softwood species, commercial and “homemade” transplants and tips on digging up and transplanting native trees from the woods, fields or roadsides. Discussion will revolve around proper care before, during and after planting as well as micro-site selection. Tom has been involved in the Forest Industry for 42 years, 15 of them as a tree planting contractor.

Saturday Night- – Open-air screening of Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, featuring Diana

Beresford-Kroeger. Start time is 9PM

This film will be preceded by aslide show of images taken by Joella Arsenault last year on the Porter Road Public Land before and after the Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) cut. 

Camp setup will start at 12:00 on the 12th (campers are asked to bring their own gear, food and water). On Monday the 15 we will be packing up at 10am. During the long weekend there are plans as well for picking up garbage along the Porter Road and walking the areas cut by PHP last fall. Also last fall the clear tracks of an endangered mainland moose were found very close to where camp had been set up last May; so although some events are planned there may be the unexpected encounters too. Please join us!

For further information e-mail info@friendsofredtail.ca. Visit us on Facebook for any updates (some events are weather dependent) and share your Crown land experiences in an ongoing conversation

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