Welcome New Stewards

James, Catherine, and Neil, new property stewards.

We have new stewards for two properties. James Munn is taking over duties at the Munn Tract, which is so fitting because it was James’ mother Cora who donated the land to us, and it was James who planted many of the trees in the former agricultural areas. Having returned to the area after a career in forestry, James will be invaluable in helping us prepare for the next scheduled thinning of the planted areas.
We are also delighted to welcome Catherine Hayday and Neil Gower as the first stewards of the newly acquired McColl Tract. Neil and Catherine joined Lone Pine shortly after moving to this area a few years ago, and they are very keen to learn this property. Their passion for conservation and good stewardship will be a tremendous asset. Catherine, Neil and James now join Paulette Hebert (Wilkinson Tract), Rob Kennedy (Kennedy Tract) and Sharon Moro and Tim Whitehouse (Lone Pine Marsh – Braham Tract) as our slate of land stewards. These are the people who visit our properties monthly, record observations, pick up garbage, check fences, and a hundred other things that keep the properties in good shape. Thank you all for your dedication and key role in the proper management of our properties.

Fall Colours Nature Walk

Our final field trip was a lovely fall colour walk at the Munn tract near Codrington on October 14. The warm autumn had kept some tree species from fully turning but the gorgeous ravine woods was still stunning with lots of yellow, orange and a bit of red. There are many species of trees in this woods – American and Blue Beech, Eastern Hemlock, Bitternut Hickory, Red Oak to name a few – which allowed for a nice identification workshop and discussion regarding forest management issues. Blue Jays, Common Raven and Golden-crowned Kinglets were seen, as well as a few Red-backed Salamanders under rotting logs and the usual collection of Eastern Chipmunks gathering the abundant acorns. In some of the conifer plantations we saw the bank of native tree seedlings waiting on the forest floor to form the next generation of forest, once a scheduled thinning takes place in several years. In the Norway Spruce plantation near the road Red Squirrels have been busy hoarding large numbers of cones in piles for the winter.

Walk in Cora’s Woods – Jan 23, 2016

Thirteen members and friends enjoyed a bright winter day walking through the Munn tract, located just west of Codrington. The hike was followed by a casual get-together over lunch at the Codrington Community Centre.

Hikers in winter at Munn Tract, Jan 23, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Winter is a naturally quiet time in the outdoors but the recent snow layer revealed lots of mammal activity with tracks of White-tailed Deer, Red Fox, Coyote, Eastern Gray Squirrel, and White-footed/Deer Mouse. A Raccoon that had been found the day before was still sleeping in exactly the same spot, probably not having ever left its cozy tree cavity.
Bird activity was fairly quiet but the runaway favourite being the Pileated Woodpecker that flew past us, then returned and landed above our heads in response to a Barred Owl imitation. Another fun sighting was a Red-tailed Hawk along the roadside being dive-bombed by mobbing crows. Other species seen included Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch and Hairy Woodpecker.
The forest always looks simple in winter, when the leaves are off and the ground covered in snow. But this quiet, leafless period is also a wonderful time to see forest structure, species diversity, and all the native trees regenerating under the pine plantation canopy. These plantations that the Munn family established so many years ago are doing their job as a nursery for a much more diverse, biologically important forest that will emerge over the next few decades.
This property is an invaluable tribute to the Munn family’s foresight, and we are deeply indebted to them for their generous donation to Lone Pine.

Planted pines in the forest at Munn Tract, Jan 23, 2016. (credit: Dalila Seckar)

Walk in Cora’s Woods – Sep 21, 2013

It may have rained on Saturday (Sept. 21st), but the enthusiasm for walking Cora’s beautiful Woods was not dampened!

Rainy day hikers at the Munn tract (Sep 2013).

Both the 8am and 10am walks, hosted by Gary Bugg, LPMS President, and guided by LPMS board member, ecologist and ornithologist, Doug McRae took place as planned. Although rainy, the conditions were warm and convivial and everyone was game to set off for the one and a half hour tour which meandered through the various wooded areas and along the ravine of this spectacular property, generously donated by the late Cora Munn and her family. With Doug as our guide, the woods came alive as we learned about the flora and fauna we encountered along the way. There was laughter and conversation…and of course a chance to pay homage to all of Gary’s favourite trees! Thanks to everyone who joined us!