Good riddance, Garlic Mustard!

Event Details

May 11th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Blacker Property - Lower Maitland River Valley, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Come help us rid the beautiful Blacker property of a nasty invader, garlic mustard! Garlic mustard is an invasive plant that can quickly out-compete native plants. One of the best methods to control this species is persistent pulling. The more conservation volunteers that lend a hand, the bigger our impact on this forest floor!

If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

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

You will help to control the spread of garlic mustard, an invasive plant species that has become well established throughout southern Ontario. We will teach you how to identify garlic mustard and then hand pull the plants. Physical activity will likely involve hiking 1-2 km in hilly terrain, bending and crouching.

Why you will love it

You will be spending time in a beautiful mature deciduous forest surrounded by towering trees and spring birdsong. Your stewardship efforts will help to keep the forest healthy and thriving with native species.


Contact Kaitlin Richardson, Coordinator, Conservation Biology (Acting):

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.
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 sturdy footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Gardening gloves (optional)
  • Trowel (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Any necessary medication