Black Ash Seedling Preparation

Event Details

September 19th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Black Ash Nature Reserve (Deer Lake), Newfoundland and Labrador
Habitat Restoration

Come help NCC prepare seedling plots for young Black Ash trees on the Black Ash Nature Reserve! We will also be taking measures to protect grown Black Ashes from beaver damage.

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About Black Ash Nature Reserve (Deer Lake)

This 10 hectare (26 ac.) piece of land is located in the rural farming community of Reidville, just outside the Town of Deer Lake. As its name suggests, this property provides habitat for the provincially vulnerable black ash tree; a species at the northern extent of its range here on the island of Newfoundland. Made up of deciduous forests and scattered wetlands, the area also hosts species such as wood frog, moose, American beaver and the vulnerable rusty blackbird.

What you will be doing

We will be preparing seedling beds for young black ash trees to contribute to the Black Ash population on NCC’s nature reserve. The day will involve building seedling beds, preparing the plantation site, and wrapping mesh wire around grown trees to protect them from beavers.

Why you will love it

This event is an opportunity to contribute to NCC’s work, and assist with the enhancement of the Black Ash population on the Island of Newfoundland. The prepared beds will give Black Ash seedlings a great start and will help ensure their survival, once planted. It will be rewarding to look at our progress at the end of the day!


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Please Note

Come dressed for the weather and bring plenty of water and a lunch.
Wear comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and footwear in which you are able to walk on wet and uneven terrain.
NCC will provide snacks and will have some work gloves and tools, though volunteers are welcome to bring their own equipment if they prefer. Driving directions and parking information will be provided in the participant package and e-mail correspondence sent out prior to the event.
The event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are potentially unsafe. If the event cannot proceed as scheduled, participants will receive a call from NCC staff as early as possible and the event will be postponed until the following day (Thursday September 20th). It is important to preregister online to ensure you receive event updates.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
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:

  • Layers
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Appropriate footwear (e.g. hiking shoes)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch