Battle of the Buckthorn

Event Details

September 30th, 2017, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Rachel Agnes Hayes (White Sands), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Join us for the third annual Common buckthorn removal event where volunteers will continue to make a tangible impact on the land by removing this prohibited noxious species. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about invasive species control on our properties and gain valuable experience by volunteering your time. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling!

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About Rachel Agnes Hayes (White Sands)

Rachel Agnes Hayes is part of a network of conservation properties based in the Buffalo Lake Moraine. Made up of 1,146 acres (463 ha.) of forests, grasslands and wetlands, the area hosts important habitat for waterfowl such as the yellow rail and great blue heron. In October 2000, Alberta Culture and Community Spirit officially designated the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement at Boss Hill as a provincial historic resource.

NCC acquired the Rachel Agnes Hayes Conservation Lands with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will be removing prohibited noxious European buckthorn from the property by cutting them down to the stump. The remainder of the plant will be sprayed by the county the following week as these persistent plants will shoot up from just a stump if left untreated.

Why you will love it

Come mingle with experts in the field of conservation and get hands on experience removing invasive species. This is a great opportunity to brush up on your field skills as NCC staff will lead you through some common field techniques.


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snack and drinks. We ask, however, that you please bring a lunch with you for the day. Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will proceed rain or shine.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

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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:

  • Close-toed shoes
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Layers (light sweater and jacket)
  • Long pants
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Backpack
  • 1 Litre of water in reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication
  • A friendly smile!