The Acadian Forest Region

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Acadia University is situated in the heart of the Acadian Forest Region. This distinctive forest region stretches primarily from New York through New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and includes all the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The Acadian Forest Region is part of a larger “transition forest” that bridges the more northerly Boreal Forest Region and the more southerly Deciduous Forest Region, and it is characterized by the presence of red spruce, yellow birch, balsam fir and sugar maple. Other associated tree species include red pine, eastern white pine, eastern hemlock and beech. These trees live an average of 150 years with shade-tolerant old growth living as long as 400 years. Typical herbaceous plants of the Acadian Forest are the showy lady’s slipper and the round-leaved orchid. Common species include bunchberry, mayflower and low-bush blueberry.