Knockout the Knapweed
August 9th, 2019, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Waterton Park Front, Alberta
Spend the day in the scenic Waterton park front helping us knock out some knapweed! This invasive species has an iron grip on the local ecosystem and we need your help to get it back under control and give native plants an edge on their foreign competition.
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For decades, NCC has worked with private landowners to protect more than 100 square kilometres surrounding Waterton National Park, creating a natural buffer for the species that live in this area, which include grizzly and black bears, cougars, wolves, moose, elks, white-tailed and mule deer. Fortunately for these species, the ranchers who for generations have cared for the area surrounding the park, are careful stewards of their land. Their sustainable use of the ranchlands has meant that many species continue to thrive here. The area came to the attention of the NCC in 1997, when a crucial half section of land on the boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park came up for sale. The property, containing a lake that was home to trumpeter swans, was just what developers were looking for. NCC recognized this as an urgent and critical priority for conservation.
With the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, NCC has continued to work with landowners to negotiate deals that will help them to protect their land for the long term, either through direct purchase or by placing conservation agreements on their properties.What you will be doing
With our guidance, you will dig up and bag knapweed. Your support is essential in tackling the spread of this invasive species!Why you will love it
Take in the beautiful views of the Waterton park front while, working alongside friendly faces. At lunch you will have the opportunity to learn more about the area's unique ecology when a Parks Canada expert joins us to talk about fire ecology and the role that fire plays in the ecosystem.Questions?
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All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snacks and drinks. We ask however, that you please bring a lunch with you for the day.
Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after registration. Event will proceed rain or shine.
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 waterproof shoes
- Long shirt
- Rain gear
- Sun hat
- Light layers
- 1 litre of water in a reusable bottle
- Bug spray
- Any necessary medications