Located near the Chevreuil forest house, in the La Joux national forest, the arboretum is a historic site that welcomes walkers and other nature lovers. Cécile Cambrils, of the ONF (National Forestry Office) details its history.
North American trees for historical link
It was created in 1928, on the site of the Canadian camp that existed from 1917 to 1919. After his departure, the National Forestry Office decided to create a forest arboretum whose main objective was to experiment with the adaptation of exotic essences and of various origins. In homage to the history of the place, it was decided to introduce species from North America. Over the years, the arboretum has been enriched with species from Europe and Asia. It currently has two thirds of conifers to one third of hardwoods, that is, 450 individuals and around 40 species.
Douglas fir, red cedar, Siberian fir, Bosnian pine, elm or sycamore maple are the dominant species at the site. A concrete path allows you to discover it.
Lately, new species have been planted, 7 hardwoods and 7 conifers, but the next enrichments will be in hardwoods to diversify the arboretum. Native North American trees will be given preference to maintain the historical link. In this description, let’s not forget to specify that the figures have undoubtedly evolved since the bark beetle attacks: there are only 5 species of spruce left compared to the previous 8. The current area is 1.4 ha compared to the previous 2. Very well maintained, this place is very popular with all visitors and in all seasons.