Knockout the Black Knot

Event Details

January 23rd, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Hicks Property, (Hastings Lake), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Come on out as we join forces with the Edmonton & Area Land Trust and knockout the black knot!

Black knot is a fungal disease that attacks the branches of plum and cherry trees. If uncontrolled the disease can strangle new growth and result in deterioration of the tree. A dense patch of the disease has been identified on the Hicks property. Earlier this winter we began to remove infected branches. We need your help as we return to remove the rest of the diseased branches and deliver one final knockout punch to the black knot!

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here. Happy carpooling!

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More Information

About Hicks Property, (Hastings Lake)

The Hicks property contributes 149 acres (60 ha.) of native aspen/poplar forest to a network of parks and private conservation projects within the region, just 10 km south of Hastings Lake. Featuring rolling hills and scattered wetlands, the area hosts an abundance of wildlife, including elk, American beaver and wood frog. Hicks also provides the public with a convenient trail system to get out and enjoy nature in a low-impact way.

NCC acquired the Hicks  property with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will hike approximately 800 meters along a trail to the patch of black knot we will be working on. Once there, the group will use loppers and hand pruners to remove infected branches. The infected branches will then be removed from the site for proper disposal.

Why you will love it

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Edmonton & Area Land Trust and Nature Conservancy of Canada's ownership of this property. Join us as we celebrate a decade of conservation and stewardship with some special birthday treats!


Contact Hannah Schaepsmeyer:

Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snacks and drinks. We ask that you please bring a lunch with you for the day.

Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Unsafe weather conditions may result in cancellation or modification of the event. If conditions are unsafe participants will be contacted as soon as possible.

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

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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:

  • Warm closed-toe shoes
  • Warm layers of clothing
  • Long pants
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat
  • 1 Litre of water in reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication