Reducing the Phrag(mentation)

Event Details

July 22nd, 2017, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Fishing Lake Property (Inverary), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Come join the Nature Conservancy of Canada in efforts to reduce the invasive Phragmites on our Loughborough Wilderness Corporation property, located in the Frontenac Arch! Volunteers will be taking part in the manual control and removal of Phragmites which will prevent further spreading of the species and allow for native vegetation to flourish once again.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

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About Fishing Lake Property (Inverary)

This 7.41 acre (3.00 ha.) property is one piece of a block of NCC properties, all situated around Loughborough Lake, 14 km north of Inverary. The area is made up of rugged wetland and forest habitats, hosting species such as the pickerel frog, American beaver, chimney swift and snapping turtle. This property holds 1 km of shoreline on Fishing Lake, one of the last remaining lakes in the area with no shoreline development.

NCC acquired Fishing Lake 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

This urgent stewardship action needs your help!

Invasive Phragmites threatens our native species by crowding out plants, providing poor habitat and food sources for wildlife, including many of our species at risk and even altering the soil chemistry, making it difficult for native species to grow and survive. Toxins are released into the soil from the roots of the plant to hinder the growth of and kill surrounding native species. This extremely invasive plant has been causing damage to Ontario’s biodiversity, wetlands and beaches across the province for decades, and now is your time to help reduce this!

You will help NCC staff to combat this quick spreading, highly invasive grass!

Why you will love it

Experience stewardship work first hand and enjoy a day at an NCC property. By removing Phragmites you will help to increase biodiversity on our Loughborough Wilderness Corporation property. Your work will contribute to healthier ecosystems, providing easier movement for turtle species, nesting sites for birds and allowing native plants to reclaim lost habitat.

Questions?

Contact Brenda Van Sleeuwen: brenda.vansleeuwen@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration. *New in 2017* Attend two NCC Conservation Volunteer events in 2017, and at your second event, you will receive an awesome NCC buff. It’s great for protection from the sun, bugs, cold, rain, and dare we say it’s also great for looking fabulous in the field!

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
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:

Clothes
  • Chest/hip waders or rubber boots
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
Tools
  • Hand clippers
  • Loppers
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Hard rakes.
Miscellaneous
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent