Note: For information about hunting, trapping, forestry, and vehicle use in Larose Forest, please see Larose Forest on the web site of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell or call 1-800-667-6307.
For information on hiking and natural history of Larose Forest, please contact Christine Hanrahan.
Larose Forest Update: 2014by Christine Hanrahan
In 2008, Horizon Multiressource Inc. (HMR), completed their study of Larose Forest and unveiled a set of recommendations designed to enhance and protect the forest. Several of these were quickly implemented, the most visible being the installation of large, colourful "Larose Forest" signs at each entrance to the area, which graphically reinforces the boundaries of the site. Two very attractive large picnic shelters were also built. The first was installed on Concession 11 (also called Indian Creek Rd.) and is known as the Henri Latreille shelter, in honour of Mr. Latrielle, one of the first tree-planters in the forest. The second shelter is located off of County Rd. 8, north of the forestry headquarters. Maps of the forest can be requested by contacting the United Counties of Prescott and Russell or by calling 1-800-667-6307.
Ski trails are well-maintained and groomed, and a new trail has recently been created along an old forest track. Also new are several snowshoe trails. Other trails include those for dog-sledding and snowmobiles.
Larose Forest Day, held annually since 2008, in late September on Concession 11, continues to be a well-planned and well-attended event, with guided tours, displays by a variety of organizations, craftspeople, and numerous events for children.
A new enterprise being looked at is tapping maple trees (red and sugar maples) for sap. This fits in with the HMR recommendations to find ways to 'use' the forest in a sustainable and non-harmful way.
Logging also continues, in small selected areas, mainly designed to thin out the old plantations. However, there is discussion about creating a few small clearcuts within the forest, to enhance deer and moose habitat. These small clearings will also provide habitat for a variety of other creatures, including insects such as bees, flies and butterflies, as a diversity of flowering plants emerges in open forest clearings.
Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC) was acquired by Larose Forest in 2006, and recognizes that the forest is being sustainably managed with environmental standards adhered to. "The Forest Stewardship Council is an international, membership-based, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. (Press release from Scott Davis, Forest Certification Coordinator with the EOMF, July 2006). The forest continues to be managed on a sustainable basis.
A third BioBlitz was held in the forest in 2010, adding substantially to the various species lists, which are maintained on this website. All three BioBlitz reports (2006, 2007 and 2010) are also available on this website. We are looking at organizing a fourth blitz for 2014.