Analog Forestry in New Brunswick, Canada

The Tree Project is located on 400 acres of Acadian forest temperate hardwoods in the Maritime Region of Canada. This is a region that has snow cover from November to April and temperatures down to -30degrees Celsius. Summers are hot and rainy, with a strong growing season.

The 250 acres had been severely over cut, high graded and left in ruts and with trees cut down as blinds for hunters. One of the founders, Jean Arnold began with arborist Geoff Ritchie and biologist Sally Puleston and others to restore the land based on sound ecological practices and using analog forestry as the methodology. Located at the foothills, the land is wet and topsoil is limited. Planting of trees and shrubs for windbreaks, wildlife persuasion, erosion control and to experiment with species not native to the area but native to the next warmer zone in the region, using forest nurseries, seed collection and propagation in all endeavours. Growth is slow to establish but over 20 years there is now an emerging mixed forest with cedar, pine, birch, maple, beech, poplar, ironwood, serviceberry and the introduced oaks, butternut and ashes. Wetland gardens and forest trails are established with over 12 kms of trails marked for species identification and forest walking pleasure.

On one recent visit of local naturalists 34 different birdsongs were identified. Moose and bear as well as a range of night crawlers (raccoons, skunks, porcupines and the smaller mammals) abound. The land is a haven for wildlife with many berry bushes, both wild and cultivated, orchards and brooks and an appreciation that we are sharing our space with many other beings gives a place for Analog Forestry to be taught and practiced and contributed in temperate climates to its more wide spread application in more tropical regions of the world. For more information email

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The Tree Project Restoration work in New Brunswick focussed in three areas:

Black Ash planting:  
Planting of over 100 Black ash trees of approximately 4 year stock.    Early Spring was wet and conducive to planting, maintenance has been good all summer and  trees ae doing well.  A visit with an earlier planting for a memorial for his wife  Hector LeBlanc and family came out to lay a memorial stone by their tree.

Bayshore restoration on eroded land from storms in the Passamaquoddy Bay area from 2014:
Planting of a variety of Salt Tolerant Native Woody Plants:
Bearberry, Sweet Fern, Bayberry, Red Oak, White Ash

Fruit tree planting:
Apples, plums and pear for new landowner families