Repel the invaders !

Event Details

July 21st, 2018, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lake Champlain, Quebec
Habitat Restoration

Help NCC control the invasive growth of a shrub, common buckthorn, which is proliferating in a habitat of high ecological value on one of NCC’s properties.



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About Lake Champlain

NCC possesses 381 hectares of land in the Tourbière de Venise-ouest sector in the Lake Champlain area. This ecosystem represents one of the last unspoiled black soil in the St. Lawrence Lowlands region. It is essential to the filtration and purification of the water of the Baie Missisquoi watershed as well as to the life cycle of many plant and animal species at risk.

What you will be doing

During this activity, we will try to limit the invasion of common buckthorn by pulling out as many plants, small and large, as possible. We will be focusing on the most mature plants before they have a chance to release their fruits full of seeds. The buckthorn plants in the area are of varying sizes, and we will have a specialized tool available to uproot larger shrubs.

Why you will love it

This is an opportunity to participate in protecting an ecosystem that is increasingly rare in Quebec, a mature silver maple stand. This ecosystem is a habitat for two species of trees rarely seen in a natural environment: swamp white oak and hackberry. NCC biologists will be more than happy to teach you about the region’s plants and wildlife.


Contact Lucie Veillette:

Please Note

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event :
In case of rain, the activity will be postponed to Sunday July 22.
Participants between 7 and 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Free parking is available at the meeting place. We will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the Chalet de la nature (Nature centre) in Venise-en-Québec. The Chalet is located on Route 202 West (also known as 58e rue Ouest), east of 300, 58e rue Ouest (between the shores of Champlain Lake and the Lakeshore/Burrough Road) (45,065450°N, 73,165035°W). Participants will then share cars to move to the worksite (6 km drive).
There may be nettles on the site.
There are ticks in the area, mosquito repellent will be available for those who forget to bring some.
Please bring thick gloves or construction gloves. We will have some to lend to participants who do not have any.

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

  • Hiking boots
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Pruning shears
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Snacks