May Days on Public Lands continue: May 23 and 29 at 1:00PM

Dear members and friends,

The rain held off on the 14th for those who showed up for a walk on the Public lands that border the Friends of Redtail Society (FRS) lands. The outing included spectacular views all the way to the Strait and PEI, the pure song of the white-throated sparrow, the quiet of the forested areas and the evocative remains of the stone foundation of a Sutherland homestead.

Documentation of the various land features, flora and fauna continues and the pile of collected garbage grows more impressive with each passing day. Exploration of the watershed for FRS lands also remains important to the Society due to plans by Port Hawkesbury Paper to cut in this area.

Billy MacDonald, FRS Board member, has had numerous visitors at his camp site and continues to welcome anyone interested in discussing the state of Public lands. He will be there until the end of May.

Final scheduled gatherings to connect with the land and its residents are planned for Monday, May 23, starting at 1:00 PM and Sunday, May 29 at 1:00 PM.  Please join us. Bring binoculars and camera if you have them and if you would like to linger after the walk, a snack and chair. Meet at Billy’s Camp site on the Porter Road.

Directions: About 6 km from Scotsburn Post Office turn left off Hwy 256 West onto the Elmfield Road; take the next right after the MacBeth Road, cross the bridge and head up the hill until you see May Days sign.

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The Friends of Redtail Society is a grass-roots, non-profit organization formed in 2006 to pursue a community-based solution to an industrial forest clear cut that was scheduled to take place in an upland watershed in western Pictou County. Through the group’s actions, a successful fundraising and awareness campaign was mounted and the Society was able to purchase the land, becoming both a guardian and student of the forest. Through its “Sheltering Forests” campaign, the Society is engaging community in the process of reclaiming, re-visioning and restoring its relationship with the forest. 

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