Anti-buckthorn Squad: Fight against invasive buckthorn!

Event Details

May 26th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Alvar d'Aylmer (Aylmer), Quebec
Habitat Restoration

We need your help to implement techniques for the control of invasive plants species on a property protected by NCC located in Gatineau (Aylmer) – glossy buckthorn and common buckthorn, which compete with native species. The presence of these plants has a negative impact on biodiversity and affects the regeneration of forest cover by local species.

NCC aims to put together a group of volunteers who will work to fight against these species. Outings will be held on a regular basis with a guide to help lead the process. After an introductory lesson on how to identify the target plant species and apply the control method, participants will be able to carry out work independently and proactively, under the coordination of the NCC team.


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About Alvar d’Aylmer (Aylmer)

Alvars have been identified as an ecosystem essential to the conservation of biodiversity in the Ottawa Valley natural area. The Aylmer area holds the record of having first discovered alvar landscapes in Quebec in 1992. With a sprawling alvar complex of 43 hectares (106 ac.), distributed across 6 sectors, the site supports rare and diverse species such as the eastern whip-poor-will, milksnake and the endangered monarch butterfly. However, the presence of residential developments and illicit uses make it vulnerable to habitat fragmentation, threatening the stability of this globally rare natural environment.

What you will be doing

You will do physical work that consists in cutting and pulling out invasive buckthorn trunks, while putting measures in place to control regrowth.

Why you will love it

You will learn to identify plant species and will be able to distinguish invasive buckthorn. Contribute to the restoration and management of an exceptional and rare habitat on the planet! An alvar is a special ecosystem, located on a limestone outcrop with a very thin soil cover supporting a significant number of rare plants that endure late floods and extreme temperatures. The work will be performed in a unique and enchanting landscape, just minutes from the city, where birds and small wildlife take refuge.


Contact Lucie Veillette:

Please Note

Ticks may be present in the area.
Meeting point: Pink Road, east of the Perry/Pink intersection.
Roadside parking (on Pink Road or Scholle Road).

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
We need you to bring some tools
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Work gloves
  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Layered clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Pruning shears
  • Construction gloves
  • A sufficient amount of water
  • Insect repellent