Lincoln Wetland Trailblazer

Event Details

July 13th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Lincoln Wetlands (Fredericton), New Brunswick
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Pick up your shovel and your shears, because we need your help keeping up the trail on our Lincoln Wetland Nature Reserve near Fredericton!

This beautiful little trail is open to the public, and serves as an outdoor classroom for the Lincoln Elementary Community School. It needs annual TLC after the spring floods and to keep fast-growing plants from crowding over the path – that’s where you come in! After all of your hard work, you are invited to enjoy a picnic lunch at the end of the day.

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About Lincoln Wetlands (Fredericton)

These 21 acres (8.6 ha.) of protected lands were acquired in 2002 through a generous donation in memory of Gwen Ferris. This property contains silver maple floodplain forest and freshwater wetlands, providing habitat for barn swallow, northern leopard frogs, American beavers and mature butternut trees, a federally endangered tree species. Set along the St. John River, the area is prone to seasonal flooding and makes a healthy habitat for shorebirds and waterfowl.

The nature trail on the property is shared with the Lincoln Elementary Community School, and is used by teachers and students for recreation and educational activities.

What you will be doing

You will spread woodchips, trim trees and shrubs, remove invasive plants, and clean out debris washed up on the trail from flooding.

Why you will love it

This short trail runs through a wetland and ends at the Saint John River, revealing some magnificent old-growth silver maple riparian forest. This trail is also excellent for birding, especially this time of year! Songbirds, waterfowl, marsh birds, and raptors can all be spotted along the trail. The students even put up nest boxes for tree swallows, so be on the lookout for those!

At the end of the event, everyone can cool down in the school and enjoy a picnic lunch! Vegetarian options will be available. Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle – there are fountains and taps in the school if you need them refilled.

Questions?

Contact Abigail: Abigail.Pavao@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Volunteers are asked to wear long sleeved shirts and pants to protect them when trimming back thorny bushes and removing Woodland Angelica. NCC will provide work gloves for everyone.

For those who can’t make it to the event but would still like to help out, please check out our Friends of the Lincoln Wetland group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/270041867135276/

Although this is a short approximately two-kilometer trail, it is rustic and requires good walking footwear. Volunteers should bring their own reusable water bottles, and will have access to fountains at the school.

Work will proceed rain or shine, unless there is heavy rain or lightening, in which case volunteers will be contacted by phone.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Running water and flush toilets
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal

This event is made possible thanks to funding from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, NB Wildlife Trust Fund and the NB Environmental Trust Fund.

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:

Clothes
  • Light-weight, long sleeved shirt and pants
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Work gloves (if you want to use your own)
Miscellaneous
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Any necessary medication