Tree planting: Help restore the Grondines swamp!

Event Details

June 3rd, 2017, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Grondines Swamp (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade), Quebec
Habitat Restoration

NCC invites you to join in reforesting fallow land on a property adjacent to the Grondines swamp, a riparian forest with unique characteristics. The objective is to restore natural aspects of a portion of the property in order to bring back some of the biodiversity typical of the surrounding unique natural environments.   If you would like to carpool, please register here:

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About Grondines Swamp (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade)

The Grondines swamp consists of various fragile habitats, including 36 hectares (90 ac.) of intertidal zones and riparian forests. As a designated Exceptional Forest Ecosystem, the area’s forest stands include silver maple, black ash and the endangered butternut tree. Meanwhile, its intertidal segments provide shelter for waterfowl, like the Wilson’s snipe, and its high coastline hosts two threatened species of plants, the Victorin’s water hemlock and Parker’s pipewort. The property, nestled between Grondines and Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade municipality, holds some of the largest swamps, and one of the last integral stands of silver maple forest, on the shores of the St. Lawrence.

What you will be doing

The participants will plant indigenous trees and shrubs to restore fallow agricultural land adjacent to the swamp. They will also install anti-rodent tape and protectors on the newly planted trees and shrubs. The activity requires being in good enough physical condition to move around flat terrain and use the equipment needed to plant trees, such as a shovel. We may have to travel a distance of around 500 meters to reach certain planting areas. Children accompanied by adults are welcome !

Why you will love it

By joining this activity, you will have the opportunity to discover this magnificent area, recognized for its high ecological value. You will be able to help restore one of the last large-area treed swamps on the Saint Lawrence River. This site is home to a majestic old-growth silver maple stand that is periodically flooded by the effect of the tides.


Contact Gabrielle Cauchon-Déry:

Please Note

The activity will take place on Saturday, June 3rd. Please note the activity will be postponed to the following day in case of rain. If the activity is postponed, participants will be notified by email on Friday June 2nd. Additional information on the location will be provided after you sign up.

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:

  • Long clothes
  • Gloves
  • Raincoat
  • Sun hat
  • Good solid boots or closed shoes with ankle support
  • Optional: shovel, dibber, gardening tool (hand cultivator)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch (snacks will be provided)