Mission Impatiens

Event Details

July 13th, 2018, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Riverbend Property – Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help NCC remove invasive Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) and purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) from the banks of the Maitland River. Your mode of attack will include clipping and pulling. No previous experience is required, but ninja skills are useful as the seed pods can explode when disturbed, scattering the seeds up to seven metres! Mission success will ensure the protection of native flora and fauna.

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About Riverbend Property – Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area

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 66.8 ha (165 acre) Riverbend property. The Riverbend property is situated on a large oxbow in the river and hosts a significant amount of shoreline, cliff, and mixed forest habitat. The site is primarily forested with a mix of species that perfectly demonstrates the meeting of northern and southern ecosystems that occurs in the Maitland valley. Cliffs host old, slow-growing cedars, while deciduous communities that contain southern species, such as common hackberry and northern spice-bush, grow in areas of richer soil.

What you will be doing

We will hike 2 km through scenic deciduous forest over rolling terrain to reach the Maitland River floodplain where we will be working. Using clippers, we will snip off the flowers of these tall plants and bag them for removal. We will then hike the 2 km back out with the bags of flower-heads.

Why you will love it

By removing invasive species, we will be improving shoreline habitat for native plants and wildlife. We will be working alongside the scenic Maitland River, and will enjoy an interpretive hike through deciduous and coniferous forest to and from the work-site.


Contact Kaitlin Richardson: Kaitlin.richardson@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Be prepared to hike 4 km over gently rolling terrain throughout the day. There are some slopes along the trail so close-toed shoes, preferably waterproof hiking or rain boots, are required. The event will proceed rain or shine, please dress for the weather.

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
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:

  • Close-toed footwear (waterproof boots recommended)
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Work or gardening gloves (if you have them)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle