Plugs for the Prairies: Van Hove Part 3
September 6th, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Van Hove Evens Property, Warkworth, Ontario
Help restore rare prairie habitat to the Rice Lake Plains! Historically, the Rice Lake Plains were covered with tall grass prairies and oak savannah, which were dominated by massive black and white oak, grasses like big bluestem and switchgrass thrived and a diverse range of wildflowers blossomed. Today, the oak savannah and tall grass prairie of the Rice Lake Plains are badly fragmented and overgrown with non-native species. Help give this globally rare habitat a comeback by helping us plant native prairie species plugs on our Van Hove property.
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The Rice Lake Plains are the found in the eastern-most segment of the Oak Ridges Moraine, south of Rice Lake. This area contains some of the largest examples of kame moraine forests, prairies and savannas in Ontario. Historically the Rice Lake Plains were dominated by prairie and savannah which covered at least 42,500 acres (17,200 ha). Black oak savannah and tallgrass prairie vegetation communities, which were once common in southern Ontario, have now been ranked as globally rare and are classified as critically endangered in many U.S. states. Less than 3% of the original extent of these habitats remains in Ontario, which is why their restoration is critical.What you will be doing
At this event we will be planting native tall grass prairie species to help restore and expand the tall grass prairie cover in the Rice Lake Plains. We will walk approximately 0.2 km over flat terrain to reach the planting site. Planting will involve bending and using trowels to dig holes for the seedlings.Why you will love it
In addition to contributing to the restoration of Ontario’s rare tall grass prairie habitat, you can participate in a tour of the property to experience all that the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area has to offer.Questions?
Contact Val Deziel, Coordinator, Conservation Biology: Val.firstname.lastname@example.org
Be prepared to hike 0.2 km over flat terrain. This event will proceed rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.
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 footwear
- Long pants
- Long shirt
- Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
- Sun hat
- Rain gear
- Work gloves and trowels, if you have them
- 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
- Sun screen
- Bug spray
- Any necessary medications