The Friends' Trail Refurbishment Program
The Friends have completed the refurbishment of Jobes Woods Trail. Regular users of the Park will remember that The Friends funded and rebuilt the Marsh Boardwalk, completed in 2010.
Beginning in December 2012 and continuing through 2013, our volunteers have done a similar project with Jobes' Woods Trail, replacing the old rotting boardwalks with new ones, constructed with Trex. The material costs for the project being $91,000 funded from reserves and donations.
We had used Trex when we rebuilt the Marsh Boardwalk. It is a wood-alternative product that is made from recycled and reclaimed plastic and waste wood that would otherwise end up in land-fill. It is extremely weather-resistant and will never rot, crack or splinter. In the wet sections galvanized steel legs were used - they will last longer and require less maintenance.
Jobes' Woods is a microcosm of the interior of the Park, transecting a number of different habitats, old growth forest, second growth forest, old field, and plantation in slightly over 1 km.
This variety, which clearly shows the steps of forest succession, makes this a popular trail for school groups. This topic and other school curriculum lessens based on forest ecology, are often presented along this trail, either through The Friends of Presqu'ile‘s Kids n' Nature program or by the schools themselves.
The most significant habitat along the trail is the old growth forest. Old growth is not just big trees, though there are some of these, but more significantly, trees of all ages, from seedlings to old, rotten giants. It is also unploughed land, with many humps and hollows. The variety of tree ages and uneven ground creates an immense number of micro-climates resulting in a greater biodiversity.
Most noticeable along Jobes' Woods Trail are the hollows that fill with water every spring. These hollows are breeding grounds for a great number of amphibians and invertebrates that need these shaded, fish-less water bodies to breed.
The Jobes' Woods Trail and new boardwalk is especially valuable for gaining access to these vernal pools without disturbing the habitats, and without getting wet feet.
Over 2500 ft of boardwalk has been built and a new trail guide is available. This trail is our second most used trail for educational purposes and a valuable asset to The Park.