Knot this time!

Event Details

November 21st, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 AM

Hicks Property, (Hastings Lake), Alberta
Habitat Restoration

Come on out as we join forces with the Edmonton & Area Land Trust and say knot this time to 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 patch of the disease has been identified on the Hicks property. Together we will remove branches that have been infected to prevent further spread of the disease. Why knot lend a hand and help remove black knot!

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

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

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

You will work alongside staff to identify black knot and remove infected branches using loppers. The infected branches will then be removed from the site to be destroyed.

Why you will love it

Not only will you help maintain the health of this conservation area, but there may be some special fall treats on hand for all to enjoy!


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. Event will proceed rain or shine.

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