Nature Conservancy of Canada begins project to recreate highly diverse Acadian forest on 160 acres in New Brunswick

LOS ANGELES , January 25, 2012 () –

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) wants to recreate on 160 acres in Baie Verte, New Brunswick, an Acadian forest characterized by 32 species of trees in a mixed hardwood-softwood forest, according to an NCC official, the Sackville Tribune Post reported Jan. 25.

The selection of species to reintroduce and plot designs will follow research by John Kershaw, with the University of New Brunswick's faculty of forestry and environmental management.

NCC's Atlantic Region conservation planner Margo Morrison said the group acquired the coastal property last year and since then had studied what tree species currently grow on the former farmland.

The conservation group is reviewing steps it can take this spring and summer, said Morrison. The long-term project will look for effects such as which species thrive, Morrison said.

The reforestation project will reintroduce some hardwoods now scarce in New Brunswick, said Morrison, benefiting some species of animals.

Acadian forests are a transition area between boreal forests to the north and hardwood forests to the south, said Morrison. They are considered one of the world's most diverse temperate forests, reported the Sackville Tribune Post.

Red spruce, yellow birch, sugar maple and balsam fir are among the forest type's characteristic trees, according to the book “Restoring the Acadian Forest,” by Jamie Simpson.

The primary source of this article is the Sackville Tribune Post, Sackville, New Brunswick, on Jan. 25, 2012.

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