At the November 9th, 2010 H&S Meeting, we were fortunate to have Eric from The Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project make a presentation to those in attendance about the Acadian Forest Project at West Royalty Elementary.
Our beautiful island was once mostly covered with dense Acadian forest, but with people and modernization, came the need to clear land. Did you know that in the early days of West Royalty Elementary, the land surrounding the school was being put forth for re-zoning to become part of the industrial park? The H&S of the day negotiated with the government to secure the land to the south of the school and arranged for the Eastern School District to purchase it for $1. Part of that negotiation was a promise to develop a natural space. A partnership with MacPhail’s ‘blossomed’.
Over the years, many tree plantings have occurred. The H&S has been a financial supporter of the project. Recently, through a partnership with TD, members of the H&S executive participated in a 100+ tree plant - click here for the October 4th, 2010 clipping from The Guardian.
The students have been actively involved in planting trees, growing trees from seeds, and watching the ecosystem transform in the lower field between the school and by-pass highway. You will notice that a path has been carved through the area. Many small mammals and birds now call this area home. One day, this will be an Acadian Forest with an outdoor classroom. Here is a drawing of the plan for this project.