On Sept 30, 2013, Michael Rosen (President of Tree Canada and vice-president of Cantley 1889) cleverly presented both historical and recent slides to illustrate his talk about trees and their importance to every aspect of Cantley's life, both past and present. He told stories of Cantley's first settlers, their sawmills, the history of logging on the Gatineau River and the people and places in Cantley linked to early logging and woodworking craftsmanship. He informed us about our past and existing Cantley forests and current problems and issues related to trees. The historic log barn, La Grange de la Gatineau, created the perfect venue for the 75 people who enjoyed Michael's talk... and the displays and home-made refreshments.
On the following Saturday, October 5th, Michael guided 70 enthusiastic walkers on a two hour hike along the Nakkertok trail. Many varieties of trees were in full colour on this glorious sunny morning. Michael showed us everything about forest life, from how to identify trees and their health to clues about life in the forest, both past and present.
Cantley 1889 is encouraged by the high attendance, the 10 new members and the positive feedback as a result of these excellent events. Many thanks to Michael Rosen for his imaginative and informative talk and walk, to La Grange de la Gatineau for hosting the Sept. 30 talk and to Nakkertok for hosting the walk on Oct. 5.