Beat the Buckthorn

Event Details

September 19th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Creelman and Salkeld (Portland), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

We need your help removing a rather threatening thorn in our sides, the invasive buckthorn! These small shrubs/trees have found their way into the forests of our Creelman and Salkeld properties, threatening the local vegetation’s security and stability. Together, we can uproot these wide-spreading, highly aggressive plants and ensure native species continue to thrive in their natural environment.

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Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Creelman and Salkeld (Portland)

This 20 hectare (50 ac.) property is based just north of Portland, within the Cooligan Marshes Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW) complex, which contains important nesting and feeding habitat for waterfowl. Made up of a mix of sugar maple/red oak forests and sprawling wetlands, the area provides habitat for at-risk species like the snapping turtle, western chorus frog, eastern ribbon snake and wood thrush. Endangered species, such as the monarch butterfly and butternut tree, have also been noted on the property.

What you will be doing

You'll be bending and kneeling to hand-pull small buckthorn stems. There will be a short 300m hike from the parking area to the event site on a rugged forest trail. Be prepared for various inclined gradients and moderately uneven terrain.

Why you will love it

Enjoy some fresh air and friendly faces while learning more about invasive species through some hands on weed management! By removing buckthorn, you'll help ensure that the area's native plants and wildlife remain undisturbed in their natural habitat.


Contact Ally Belanger, Acting Assistant, Conservation Biology, Eastern Ontario:

Please Note

No previous experience is required.
This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
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:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Work gloves (optional)
  • Hand saws (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Any necessary medications