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  • Hunter Cresswell

Only $23K left to save Wakefield forest

The sun peeks through the trees of the Hundred Acre Wood. Less than $25,000 remains to be raised to purchase and preserve the forest near Wakefield for non-motorized recreational use. Patricia Hardie photo

In early December, the Hundred Acre Wood fundraiser was about $650,000 from it’s $1.5 million goal. Now there’s about $23,000 to raise to save the forest.

Action Chelsea for the Respect of the Environment (ACRE) board member and land trust operations director Olaf Jensen said that mainly grants, both federal and provincial, and some donations came through during the past couple months to bridge the fundraising gap.

“It feels very, very good,” he said when asked what it’s like to be on the home stretch. “It’s only been a year but it’s felt long. The community support has been great.”