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PIERCE ROAD WEST

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        Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 416 take exit 49 (Roger Stevens Drive). If southbound, a 0.4 km offramp dumps onto Bankfield, where you will turn right or southwest. If northbound, the 0.4 km offramp brings you to Bankfield, where you will turn left or southwest onto it and in 0.4 km join the southbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now follow Roger Stevens Drive southwest 8.2 km to Malakoff Road. Turn left or southeast onto Malakoff Road and go 1.6 km to Pierce Road. Turn right or southwest onto Pierce Road and proceed 1.8 km to end of the maintained roadway. The unmaintained portion of Pierce Road lies beyond here.
        Marlborough Forest Loop Route Directions: From the southwest end of Klondike Road West, return northeast 2.4 km to Proven Line and Malakoff Roads. Turn right or southeast onto Malakoff Road and go 3.2 km to Pierce Road. Turn right or southwest onto Pierce Road and proceed 1.8 km to end of the maintained roadway. The unmaintained portion of Pierce Road lies beyond here.
Map of the Pierce Road West Area
Map of the Pierce Road West Area

        Site Description and Birding Information: The extension of Pierce Road to the southwest of its maintained portion continues through predominantly cedar woodland passing a wet marshy area in about a kilometre. Boots are essential. The track goes straight into the Marlborough Forest for at least 3.0 km, eventually splitting north and south, with the straight continuation not really evident except on maps. The northern trail goes toward Roger Stevens Drive. This entire area should be excellent for early spring owling.
View of the Pierce Road West Extension
Views of the Pierce Road West Extension

        Marlborough Forest Loop Route Directions: From the southwest end of Pierce Road West, return northeast 1.8 km to Malakoff Road. Turn right or southeast onto Malakoff Road and go 0.1 km to Gallagher Road. Turn right or south onto Gallagher Road and proceed 2.2 km to its junction with Mackey Road. Continue straight south on Gallagher into the next site in this loop, the portion of Gallagher Road between Mackey and Harnett Roads.
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