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What Does The Forest Mean To You?

(2013-11-20) PEI has an excellent climate for trees. The old forests of PEI provided high quality timber for ship building in the age of sail Pockets of old growth forests still exist. The Hogg Woods off of the Confederation Trail east of Kensington is home to many beautiful pine, oak and sugar maples. Stands of large red and white pine are scattered through Indian River and a small pocket in the Irishtown Woods in Sea View. A beautiful stand of hemlock is growing along the Barbara Weit River south of Kensington. Stands of large sugar maples can be found in several locations.

One of the most beautiful trees to be found anywhere, not just in Kensington North, or PEI, but anywhere, is an American Elm in Burlington, on the property of Jim and Cathy Evans. Recently, professional foresters measured the tree and estimated its age. With a circumference of 405 cm, and a height of 34 metres, taking into account the ideal location for its growth (a meadow close to a watercourse), its estimated age is 150 years. There are older trees on PEI, but this huge Elm is still very strong and graceful, having achieved quick growth under ideal conditions. It can be seen from the intersection of the Irishtown Rd (Route 101) and the County Line Rd. The setting, with a mixed forest and field background, and horses grazing in the foreground, is serene and majestic.

Many people have special or favourite locations with trees and forests. KNWSA has started a new section on our website, and Facebook page - What Does The Forest Mean To You? We're looking for stories and photos of trees and forests in the Kensington area and beyond, present and past. Many of us have a favourite tree or grove of trees that we find exceptional, or have memories and photos of trees from the past.

Send us your stories and photos, and we will gladly post them. Send your stories and photos to or visit our Facebook page by following the link from our web page: Send us your tall, your twisted, your splendid, your curious tales and photos. Visit the new feature page What Does The Forest Mean To You? often, as we receive new material and update our page. We will renew the call for material next spring, as trees come out in flower and leaf. So please tell your story. What Does the Forest Mean To You?

The article can be found online in The County Line Courier, Vol. 21, No. 22, Pg. 06.

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