Black Ash Tree Transplant

Event Details

May 2nd, 2017, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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

Come help NCC protect young black ash trees by moving them from under a powerline to more permanent habitat on our neighbouring property.

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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 relocating several young black ash trees from underneath a powerline to NCC's nearby nature reserve. The day will start with volunteer training from the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, after which we will get to work preparing the plantation site and then bringing the trees over to their “new digs.”

Why you will love it

This event is an opportunity to contribute to NCC’s work, with results that you can see immediately. Once the trees have been moved they will be able to grow to their full size without concerns about interfering with powerline safety. By moving these young black ash trees, we are giving them a fresh start.


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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. Due to the nature of this event, it is not suitable for children.

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 (Wednesday May 3rd). It is important to preregister online to ensure you receive event updates.

Strenuous work will be required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
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:

  • Layers of comfortable clothing
  • Waterproof boots
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Large shovel (if available)
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray