The Larose Forest has grown by 77 acres.

On November 27 United Counties of Prescott and Russell council approved the purchase of additional land for the counties-owned forest from a nearby private landowner.  The new property is located at Lot 27, Concession 1 Cambridge in La Nation near Limoges, and is adjacent to the existing 18,000-acre forest that had its origins with agronomist Ferdinand Larose in 1928.

“We had good negotiations with the property owner,” said Prescott and Russell Planning and Forestry Director Louis Prévost.

The land cost $237,000 and was paid for from the Larose Forest reserve fund the counties maintains.

Prévost explained that the counties are trying to consolidate more forest land under its ownership because there are still some private lands within the Larose forest boundaries.

The new 77-acre addition is a mixed forest that Prévost said will have a recreation component for future expansion of the forest’s trail network.

The Larose Forest already has more than 180 kilometres of trails in its Bourget and Limoges sectors.  In winter, more than 60 kilometres of those trails are maintained for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fatbike use.