Hunter - Clyde Watershed Group
2020 PEI Winter Woodlot Tour
The Winter Woodlot Tour is a free, annual event co-hosted by the Hunter - Clyde Watershed Group, Wheatley River Improvement Group, and Central Queens Wildlife Federation with help from the PEI Department of Communities, Land & Environment. The Winter Woodlot Tour is a family-friendly event that allows visitors to get outside and enjoy nature while learning about the importance of ecosystems and sustainable land use. The 2020 event took place at Bluefield High School in North Wiltshire, Prince Edward Island.
The goals of the Winter Woodlot Tour are to educate the public about sustainable woodlot management, provide expertise on various subjects pertaining to forests, wildlife, and land use, stress the importance of forest habitat for wildlife, and demonstrate the work that Island watershed and environmental groups do to conserve important wildlife habitat.
This year's event brought in over 800 visitors who were treated to free hot apple cider, horse and sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and were able to speak to presenters from a wide variety of organizations. This year's exhibits included information about many different aspects of forests and woodlot management to appeal to not only woodlot owners, but also conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone interested in getting outdoors and learning about the environment around them. Visitors learned about sustainable harvesting methods and other woodlot uses (e.g. making crafts or maple syrup), managing habitat for local wildlife and controlling invasive species, chainsaw safety, mammal trapping, and were able to speak with members of several environmental organizations about habitat restoration and forest management on Prince Edward Island.
Visitors were encouraged to use sustainable practices, respect and appreciate wildlife and forest ecosystems, and help local wildlife by providing habitat, controlling invasive species, and supporting PEI environmental organizations.