Acadian Forest Restoration

Project Location: Multiple areas of the Prince Edward Island National Park, mainly forested areas between North Rustico and Cavendish


1) To accelerate the natural collapse of white spruce by implementing selective silviculture techniques (i.e.; patch cuts, strip cuts, crown release, density thinning) in forest stands of PEINP.

2) To ensure Acadian species seed sources are present throughout the Park so that the Acadian forest can persist in the long term.

Scope of Work:

1) Each fall, we will implement silviculture techniques using a skilled chainsaw crew. Trees will be felled with chainsaws, limbed and left on site to promote enhanced soil nutrient cycling. Species targeted for removal include mainly white spruce and balsam fir

2) Cavity (habitat/snag) trees will be left untouched wherever possible (minimum of 12 cavity trees/hectare).

3) Sites where tree removal has occurred, as well as areas that have been heavily impacted by blow down (Hurricane Dorian) will then be replanted by hand using small tree planting spades or dibbles (see Figure 1). Depth of holes to be dug for each tree/shrub will be 6 – 12 inches.

5) Some trees may be guarded from rodent browse using expandable plastic sleeves around the base of the tree and wooden stakes and plastic mesh around the crowns.


Latest update

24 april 2020 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from 24 march to 23 april 2020 - March 24, 2020


Prince Edward Island National Park
2 Palmers Lane
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 5V8
Telephone: 902-672-6350
Fax: 902-672-6370

  • Location

    • Prince Edward Island National Park (Prince Edward Island)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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