Deck the halls in the Napanee Plain Alvar

Event Details

December 1st, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Napanee Plain Alvar Nature Reserve, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Get into the holiday spirit with NCC! Help us conserve globally rare native alvar habitat on the Napanee Plain Alvar by removing eastern red-cedar, a native tree that is spreading across the landscape.  By removing these trees, we will be mimicking natural processes such as fire to improve the habitat for grassland birds including the endangered eastern loggerhead shrike. After we’ve finished cutting, we will use the branches to make sustainable and festive holiday wreaths for you to take home and enjoy!

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More Information

About Napanee Plain Alvar Nature Reserve

The Napanee Plain Natural Area is a 439,848-acre (178,142-hectare) complex of wetlands, forests, lakes, grasslands and alvars. One of North America’s great limestone plain landscapes, the Napanee Plain is a place where grassland birds thrive within one of the Great Lakes region’s rarest ecosystems. This area also contains outstanding examples of karst formations and is home to the endangered eastern loggerhead shrike.

What you will be doing

We will spend the day on NCC’s Napanee Plain Alvar Nature Reserve properties cutting small eastern red-cedar trees and manually pulling smaller seedlings. You can even select one eastern red-cedar to cut and take home as your Christmas tree! Once we are finished, we will take branches from these trees and head indoors to our Napanee office to make festive wreaths! Physical activity will include hiking approximately 1 km over uneven terrain, bending, lopping, sawing, pulling and hauling motions.
No experience is necessary. NCC will provide all the equipment, materials and instruction required for tree removal and wreath making.

Why you will love it

You’ll love learning all about the Napanee Plain Alvar from NCC’s conservation biologist and meeting other volunteers who share your interest in nature. You’ll end the day satisfied knowing that you’ve helped conserve a globally rare ecosystem and species at risk. In addition to getting physical exercise, you’ll enjoy flexing your creativity by making a festive eastern red-cedar wreath to take home!


Contact Amanda Tracey, Coordinator, Conservation Biology:

Please Note

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

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
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
  • Warm layers of clothing (sweater, coat, possibly long-underwear)
  • Warm hat
  • Rain gear/waterproof layer
  • Change of dry clothes (just in case)
  • Warm gloves
  • Loppers (if you have them)
  • Hand-pruners (if you have them)
  • Hand saws (if you have them)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch