From Nova Scotia’s Clare Eco District 730 soil maps, this region is listed as being part of the ‘Bayswater’ soil series,
characterized by greyish brown, sandy loam, over more, yellow, mottled, sandy loam and very rocky subsoil,

 

Along this part of the coastline, Pockets of marshland account for the mention of poor drainage in the region.

On higher ground, remnants of white spruce forest, said to have been planted initially as windscreens by early settlers dot the landscape. Forest considered lower in value than the disappearing stands of eastern white cedar, thuja occidentalis, once plentiful along these shores. Mostly absent now, they were harvested in excess, due to its lightweight, easy to shape, naturally weather-resistant wood. This denizen of wetland edges, also known as the American arborvitae, is offered today, mainly as the varied forms of much smaller ornamental cedars available for landscape are in use today.

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