Caragana Crackdown

Event Details

August 19th, 2016, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Fleming Property (Spruce Grove), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Help us crackdown on invasive caragana before it has a chance to encroach into our reclamation site on the property!

Spend the afternoon with us removing a stand of invasive caragana shrubs surrounding the old homestead on site. Used in the past as a shelterbelt to protect homes from wind and preserve topsoil from erosion, this shrub can quickly turn into a ‘living’ fence and will continue encroaching into our planting site if left unchecked.

As part of our day, you will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton facilities on site and go behind the scenes to lean more about what it takes to reintroduce injured animals back into the wild.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, to add your car or join a ride going to the event. There is also a wait list feature if there isn’t a ride there yet that works for you. Happy carpooling!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Fleming Property (Spruce Grove)

Ruth Fleming was an avid birder and outdoor enthusiast, with the hopes that one day, her estate be conserved for nature. When she passed away in 2007, her 97 hectare (240 ac.) property north of Spruce Grove was donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) as part of her legacy. Today, NCC works in partnership with WILDNorth and Ducks Unlimited Canada to conserve the area’s wetland, forest and prairie habitats for deer, elk, great blue heron, barn swallow and great horned owl.

What you will be doing

Over 1,000 native trees and shrubs were planted on the property in 2015, and this year volunteers returned to care for them and measure their health. Despite a dry year in 2015, the various species planted, including spruce, pine, Saskatoon and rose, are all doing well. Yet, we still need your help to ensure they continue to grow and thrive. Working together, we'll spend the afternoon removing a stand of invasive caragana shrubs around the old homestead site. We'll use loppers and saws to cut back the branches, then pile them up for disposal. Some of the branch may even be re-purposed and used by the Wildlife Rehab Centre in their animal enclosures.

Why you will love it

Before we take on the caragana, our partners at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton will take you on a tour of their facilities on site. You'll have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of their operations and lean more about what it takes to rehabilitate wildlife so they can be released back into the wild.


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snack and drinks. We ask, however, that you please have lunch before arriving on site for the afternoon. Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go 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:

  • Light layers of clothing
  • Long pants recommended
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Camera
  • Any necessary medications