Getting rid of the (Buck)thorn in our sides

Event Details

September 13th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Milburn Creek Property (Battersea), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

NCC staff need your help removing a rather threatening thorn in our sides, the invasive buckthorn! This small shrub/tree has found its way into the forests of NCC’s Milburn Creek property, and we are working to remove it to ensure native species continue to thrive.

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!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Milburn Creek Property (Battersea)

This spectacular 91 hectare (224 ac.) property is located 20 km north of Kingston, just outside Battersea. Situated between the Frontenac Arch’s granite foundation and the limestone plains of Eastern Lake Ontario, the area’s unique geography creates a mosaic of mixed forest, wetland and riparian habitats. American beech, sugar maple and the endangered butternut form its diverse woodland canopy, while the forest floor below is speckled with ferns and orchids. Following the meandering Milburn Creek for over 2 km, the property’s marshlands support at-risk species such as Blanding’s turtle, western chorus frog and snapping turtle.

What you will be doing

Buckthorn is an invasive plant originally brought to North America in the 1880s as an ornamental shrub and was readily planted as fencerows and windbreaks along agricultural fields. It is very versatile and thrives in a number of different habitats, threatening our native species by shading out plants and even altering the soil chemistry, making it difficult for native species to grow and survive.

You will help NCC staff to combat this widely spreading, invasive shrub by hand pulling small stems! This will involve bending and pulling motions, as well as a short 1km hike from the parking area to the event site. The hike will mostly be on a well-defined trail, but volunteers may encounter slightly inclined gradients, and moderately uneven terrain.

Why you will love it

By hand-pulling buckthorn, you can help ensure that the beautiful native plants and birds continue to flourish in the forest of the Milburn Creek Property.


Contact Megan Quinn:

Please Note

No previous experience is required. This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions.
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
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
  • Works gloves, if you have them
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch