What is the Desrochers Forest?
Eleven acres of preserved forest located centrally in the heart of Desrochers.
What will I find there?
Depending on the season, you’ll find:
- shade loving strawberries
- native Albertan tree species and the chirping of birds
- an anchor in the community that connects residents to what matters most
It is a healthy forest?
Desrochers Villages enlishted the help of professional ecologist to ensure environmental integrity.
When Michael explored the forest he found a native aspen stand with plant communities ranging from micro-scale wetlands hiding beneath the understory of the forest to dry areas—demonstrating a wide and healthy range of flora.
The tree stand in the Desrochers Forest is going through what’s called “succession. It means it has several generations of growth. There are some mature trees, some shrubs, and some baby trees. It’s a wonderful example of natural diversity.”Michael Rawson-Clark of Clark Ecoscience and Sustainability
Some of the trees are old or dead. Why aren’t they removed?
Trees at the end of their lifespan are not removed from the forest because they contribute to the forest’s long-term health.