Note: For information about hunting, trapping, forestry, vehicle use, hiking and natural history in Larose Forest, as well as downloadable maps of the area, please visit the website of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell or call (613) 675-4661 x7101.
Larose Forest Update: 2017by Christine Hanrahan
On June 3rd, 2016, Larose Forest held its 4th BioBlitz, marking 10 years since the one in 2006. The event was co-organized by the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) and The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. More species were found than on any previous BioBlitz in the forest, and added substantially to our ongoing species inventories for the Larose Forest.
A copy of the recent BioBlitz report is available on this OFNC website, by clicking on the "BioBlitz 2016" link in the box on the right side of this page.
Lists of species found in the forest are available in the box on the right side of this page. They are updated regularly.
A reminder that the entire area north of Road 25 in Larose Forest is a no-hunting zone. This has been in effect for several years.
The UCPR has been busy in recent years creating a new network of trails in the forest, with plans for more snowshoe trails and mountain bike trails to be built in the next few years.
Several skate-ski trails are now in operation offering over 38 kms of groomed access. There are also 46 kms of groomed ski trails, and 18 kms of snowshoe trails. Winter hiking can be done on the packed down snowshoe trails. Several new parking areas have been created on Concession 11 (also called Indian Creek Rd.). All this is free!
Logging and Tree Planting
Selective logging continues in the forest, with the money from the sale of timber being used to plant new trees, improve trails, and do other necessary work in the forest. During 2016, around 36,000 new trees were planted, including a considerable number of white pines.
Maple Syrup Operation
An extensive maple syrup operation has been set up in the forest, on the far NE corner. Participants in the 2016 Larose Forest BioBlitz were each given a can of Larose produced maple syrup.