Limerick Forest Advisory Committee Logo

[Limerick Forest logo by Aleta Karstad]

The Limerick Forest Advisory Committee (LFAC) is a very diverse group, and Limerick Forest comprises a wide variety of habitats, and supports a great variety of species. Limerick as a County Forest, effectively unmanaged through the 1990's, functioned well enough as an anarchic commons, and the LFAC was formed so that all the users and appreciators of the forest could band together to advise the counties on management, while continuing all the relatively benign human uses, gathering information, and evaluating the effects of human activities while resuming timber management.

A commercial enterprise, government, or wilderness reserve, with fairly simple purposes, can pick a single object or scene for a logo, but it's important to have the Limerick logo explicitly express Limerick's diversity of both habitats and human uses. The logo design (proposed by Fred Schueler, approved by the LFAC subheads on 6 May 2002, and drawn by Aleta Karstad, and subsequently approved by a plebicite of LFAC members) represents the landscape simply and surrounds it with a ring of diversity, showing a range of human activities balanced by an equal number of wild species.

The central medallion (based on the swamp south of the old picnic area at the Y') is a typical Limerick scene: a wild Spruce and hardwood stand on one side of a wetland, balanced by a Red Pine plantation on a dune on the other side. Icons of activities and species alternate (more or less) around the periphery. The circular shape represents the equality of the partners and interests in the committee, while the medallion scene (with its lack of Animals) symbolizes the geology, history, and ecosystem functions on which all the other activities and species depend. The dune recalls the geological history of Limerick as a Champlain Sea beach and its institutional history as a re-forested blow-sands area.

[Limerick Forest logo by Aleta Karstad]

Clockwise from the top:

Mink Frog (Rana septentrionalis), the characteristic wetland-core frog in Limerick, chorusing in June, and coming out on land in October and November, green and cream and black and gold, to symbolize the central wetlands of Limerick, and the emergence of deep-wetland species into the surrounding area.

Axe in a log represents logging for lumber and fuel...the science of long-term prudence that strives to extract wood from forests without degrading them. The Canadian logging industry, our country's number one industry for more than a century, and still dominant today.

Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingi), a relatively rare, semi-terrestrial Turtle, whose very occurrence is a sign of landscape health. The adult Blanding's Turtles that cross roads in Limerick, especially during the June nesting season, have survived for at least 20-50 years; the combination of brushy swamps and adjacent forest makes Limerick and surrounding areas a stronghold of the species.

Cross-country skier... skiing allows winter access to many parts of off-road Limerick that are hard to get into in other seasons, and the rolling terrain and logging roads are the ideal habitat for groomed cross-country trails.

Bird-watcher's binoculars - Birders are intrigued by Limerick's forests and wetlands, especially by the possiblility that Boreal species of Birds may be found in the Black Spruce stands around the bogs. In addition to its educational and scientific value, birdwatching is highly recreational, and the opportunity to birdwatch in Limerick Forest draws bird lovers to be active beyond their backyard feeders.

White-tail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - increasingly common throughout Limerick in recent decades, yarding in the Limerick and Wolford Bog wetlands. Deer represent wild Mammals because being large they are frequently seen, their browsing has an impact on forest plants, and as well as being of interest to wildlife watchers and hunters, they are residents in their own right.

hunter's rifle and bow & arrows - As well as its value as an outdoor activity and a source of the highest quality meat, hunting is a sustainable harvest which benefits the local economy.

Morels (Morchella esculenta) - the most flavourful of mushrooms, found early in the spring in secret places by those who know where to go, representative of all decomposers, and of the gathering of wild vegetable foods.

replete female Mosquito (Culicidae) - the dominant early summer inhabitant of Limerick Forest, detering human entry into the forest for a substantial portion of the year, before Chrysops (Deer Fly) take over that role.

Red Pine (Pinus resinosa) cone and needles - the most frequent tree in the plantations at Limerick. Red Pine was chosen for reforestation because it grows fast and well on sandy soil of the higher, "blowsand" areas and it is not susceptible to the White Pine Weevil and the White Pine Rust.

picnic tables represent low intensity out-of-doors recreation, the way in which many of us rejoice in "our" forest - enjoying food out of doors. LFAC has re-established the tables that were lost when the MNR moved out. Picnicking is an excellent method of feeding Mosquitos and Deer Flies.

Pink Lady Slipper (Cyprideum acaule) represents specialized and beautiful species, with spore-sized seeds, that have colonized the Pine plantations, and as a reminder that the big-seeded forest floor herbs are still largely absent from Limerick.

horseshoe representing Horseback-riding, a wonderful thing to do in a community forest. It is quieter than motorized transport, with access to many kilometres of trails.

Beaver (Castor canadensis) control the level of most wetlands in Limerick. As well as a water-manager, it is a logger, a landscaper, and also contributes fur and meat to the human economy through trapping. The beaver is also an inspiration for industriousness and the symbol of Canada, the ultimate Canadian icon and first animal ever to appear on a postage stamp.

Botrychium Fern. These small leathery-leaved primitive ferns in numerous hard-to-find and hard-to-identify species, represent specialized and beautiful plants of the low wet broadleaf forest stands.

Snowmobiler represents one of the greatest winter transportation vehicles ever built for recreational or industrial use, created and developed by one of Canada's most famous families, the Bombardiers. Snowmobiles maintain extensive trails in and through Limerick Forest, and encourage each other in safe, responsible use of their vehicles and of the shared forest.

[Limerick Forest logo by Aleta Karstad]

hastily assembled by F.W. Schueler & A. Karstad, 17 October 2002, moved to and revised 22 December 2006.