Getting into the Christmas Spirit at Messier!

Event Details

December 8th, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Messier (Saskatoon), Saskatchewan
Habitat Restoration

Whether you have always cut your own Christmas tree, or have been thinking about doing it for the first time this year, this is the perfect time to grab your tree and help out nature. Come select your own spruce tree to chop down and take home as your Christmas tree! Previous landowners planted spruce trees on the property, however they do not grow naturally in this area, so we are removing them to help native species recover and thrive.

Coniferous trees do not typically occur in the Aspen Parkland ecoregion and their presence may negatively affect the habitat for the plants and animals calling this area home. Spruce trees may alter the soil chemistry when they shed their needles making the soil more acidic, which is inhospitable to many plants. Spruce trees also provide refuge or corridors for animals that may not otherwise occur in the area. Altering the species composition of animals on the landscape may be favorable for some but unfavorable for others. Removing the spruce trees will help return ecological integrity to the Messier property and restore it to its former glory.

Once everyone has their Christmas trees, we will enjoy a hot chocolate snacks, and a nature walk!

If you would like to carpool, or need a ride, add your name to the list here! Please keep in mind the logistics of transporting your trees back home when signing up for a carpool.

 

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Messier (Saskatoon)

The Messier Property has three permanent wetlands and 10 seasonal and temporary wetlands scattered throughout the property totaling 25 acres. Eighty acres is in native grass, 80 acres is native aspen tree cover and the remaining 135 acres is seeded to tame forage. The natural grassland and bush have not been grazed in at least 20 years. This site provides habitat for white-tailed and mule deer, ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse and coyote as well as nesting and migratory passerine birds and waterfowl.

What you will be doing

Once you select your spruce tree, you will have the option of cutting it down yourself, or having trained NCC staff cut it down for you. You will be responsible for transporting your tree back to your vehicle to take home. Decorate and enjoy, knowing that you are helping native species thrive!

Why you will love it

Who wouldn't love selecting and chopping down their own Christmas tree! It's a great way to make memories, experience the holiday season, while getting outdoors and learning about our local conservation work and naturalization plans for our property.

Questions?

Contact Kayla Burak: kayla.burak@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Please note that although spruce trees are abundant on the property those who arrive early will have the best selection! NCC will be providing a couple of saws but will not have enough for everyone. If you have a saw capable of cutting down a small to medium sized tree, please bring it.

Additional information will be sent to you once you register. The event will proceed 'snow or shine'; however, if the event cannot run for any reason NCC staff will contact you.

People of all fitness levels can participate
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:

Clothes
  • Warm layers of clothing
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Toque
  • Extra socks
Tools
  • A saw capable of cutting down a tree (if you have one)
Miscellaneous
  • Sled
  • Ropes or Tie Straps (to take your Christmas tree home)
  • Any necessary medications
  • Reusable water bottle
  • The holiday spirit!