The Art of Forest Conservation

Event Details

September 21st, 2016, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Busenius property (Thorsby), Alberta
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

On National Tree Day escape to the woods! Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and local Edmonton artist, Justina Smith, as we explore the “art” of forest conservation.

In the morning we’ll work together to improve wildlife movement in Alberta’s mixwood boreal forest by removing unneeded sections of cross-fencing from NCC’s Busenius property. Then, in the afternoon, Justina will lead a hands-on nature journaling workshop where you will have a chance to slow down, take some time out in nature, and see the forest through a new set of eyes.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, to add your car or join a ride going to the event. There is also a wait list feature if there isn’t a ride there yet that works for you. Happy carpooling!

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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

Working together, we will remove staples and roll-up wire from sections of cross-fence so it can be hauled off the property for proper disposal. Instruction and tools will be provided.

Why you will love it

Not only will you have the opportunity to learn more about forest conservation from Katelyn Ceh, local NCC natural area manager, you'll also get to participate in an interactive nature journaling workshop hosted by local artist, Justina Smith.


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with snacks and drinks. We ask, however, that you please bring a lunch with you for the day. Additional information, including maps and driving directions, will be sent to you after you have registered for the event. Event will go rain or shine.

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

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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:

  • Long sleeved shirt & long pants (to protect against wire)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain jacket (just in case)
  • Sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots
  • Supplies for nature journaling (sketchbook, drawing pen, watercolour paints, and paintbrush)
  • Lunch
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Any necessary medications