Out on a Limb (Vermilion Energy) – CANCELLED

Event Details

May 23rd, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Busenius property (Thorsby), Alberta
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

Event has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

Get to know your co-workers a little better as you work side by side and “leaf” your troubles in the office by joining the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) for a day of hands-on conservation in the forest! We’ll venture into the mixed-wood boreal forest east of Drayton Valley to one of our beautiful properties in the Upper North Saskatchewan River Basin. Together, we’ll work to reduce barriers to wildlife movement by removing the last remaining section of unnecessary fencing on the Busenius property.

By lending your support to this project, you will help ensure that wildlife are able to roam the landscape freely.

Get outside with us and enjoy a day contributing to the health of the local ecosystem, and discover who from your team of employees has a knack for rolling barbed wire! Lunch will be provided, please indicate any dietary restrictions in the allergy field when registering.

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About Busenius property (Thorsby)

This 193 hectare (478 ac.) property is located 35 km north west of Thorsby, 10 km south west of Genesee lake, and is characterized by mixed wood boreal forests, wetlands, riparian zones and coniferous trees. These aspen, white spruce, paper birch forests cover the majority of the area and is in very healthy condition, providing habitat for species such as the golden crowned kinglet, western toad and even a resident herd of elk. Due to its close proximity to other conservation sites, the Busenius project is a key piece of a larger habitat connectivity puzzle.

What you will be doing

With step-by-step instruction and guidance from NCC staff, volunteers will remove fencing staples and roll up wire from the last remaining stretch of fence that crosses through the property. The wire will then be removed and taken to a facility for recycling by NCC staff. With your help, the deer, elk and moose that call this area home will be able to move more freely through the forest landscape.

Why you will love it

You will have a chance to escape the office and enjoy the landscape. During the day, you will have the opportunity to learn more about forests and the important ecosystem services they provide, such as carbon storage, erosion control and air/water purification. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about NCC's work in the area and the threats we are facing.


Contact Zoë Arnold: alberta@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

All tools and safety equipment will be provided, along with snacks, drinks, and a sandwich lunch. Please specify any dietary restrictions or food allergies when registering. Additional information will be sent to you after you prior to the event. Event will go rain or shine, please dress appropriately.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water, snacks and a hot meal

This event is sponsored by Vermilion Energy

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:

  • Sturdy close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt to protect from barbed wire
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Backpack
  • 1 Litre (at least) of water in a reusable bottle
  • Any necessary medications
  • A good attitude!