Garlic Mustard Goodbye

Event Details

May 18th, 2018, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Blacker Property - Lower Maitland River Valley, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

The forests of Lower Maitland River Valley contain a beautiful and fascinating mix of Carolinian and northern species. The Blacker property is home to many species and rare communities, including rare cliff and riparian communities along the Maitland River. One of the major threats to the forest ecosystem health are invasive species. Garlic mustard is a biennial plant that can quickly outcompete native plants. One of the best methods of control to maintain habitat for native biodiversity is persistent pulling. Come help us rid the forest of this nasty invader. The more conservation volunteers to help, the better!

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

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More Information

About Blacker Property – Lower Maitland River Valley

The Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area is one of the largest areas of natural cover in southern Ontario. It is a physically diverse landscape of cliffs, forests and seepage areas providing habitat for many species, including some of which that are globally and/or provincially rare. NCC has acquired a number of properties in the area in an effort to conserve and maintain these features, including the Blacker Property. The property contains a wide range of interesting species, including the endangered butternut tree.

What you will be doing

At this event, you will be controlling garlic mustard, an invasive plant species, which has become well established throughout southern Ontario, including on NCC lands. We will talk about how to identify garlic mustard and then we will hand pull the plants before they produce seeds this summer. Physical activity will likely involve hiking 1-2 km in hilly terrain, bending and crouching.

Why you will love it

You will love this because you will be spending time in a large beautiful mature upland deciduous forest. Your stewardship efforts will help to keep the forest healthy and thriving with native species.


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Please Note

Be prepared to hike 1-2 km over hilly terrain. This event will proceed rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather. NCC will provide some gardening gloves and trowels, but feel free to bring your own!
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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Gardening gloves
  • Trowels
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle