You’re out of line, Scotch pine!

Event Details

October 27th, 2017, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Riverbend Property – Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Lower Maitland Stewardship Group for a day of cutting down invasive Scotch Pine along the Maitland Trail on NCC’s Riverbend property.

Scotch pine was originally brought over from Europe to help stabilize soil and reduce erosion. Unfortunately, the species was a bit too hardy, and today Scotch pine is considered an invasive species throughout eastern North America. Regenerating Scotch pine fills in open areas and crowds out the native plants that should be growing there. On the Riverbend property, it has established along the trailsides and we need your help to get rid of it!

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About Riverbend Property – Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area

The Lower Maitland River Valley Natural Area is one of the largest areas of natural cover in southern Ontario. It is a physically diverse landscape of cliffs, forests and seepage areas providing habitat for many species, including some of which that are globally and/or provincially rare. NCC has acquired a number of properties in the area in an effort to conserve and maintain these features, including the 66.8 ha (165 acre) Riverbend property. The Riverbend property is situated on a large oxbow in the river and hosts a significant amount of shoreline, cliff, and mixed forest habitat. The site is primarily forested with a mix of species that perfectly demonstrates the meeting of northern and southern ecosystems that occurs in the Maitland valley. Cliffs host old, slow-growing cedars, while deciduous communities that contain southern species, such as common hackberry and northern spice-bush, grow in areas of richer soil.

What you will be doing

You will be using loppers and hand saws to remove invasive Scotch pine from the trailside at NCC’s Riverbend property.

Why you will love it

By removing invasive Scotch pine from the trailside, you will be making space for native plants to grow. As a bonus, the brush piles we build with the cut trees will create new habitat for birds and other wildlife!


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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 this 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
Out house/ bearbox
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of weather-appropriate clothing (e.g. sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat or toque
  • Warm gloves (to wear under work gloves)
  • Raingear
  • Loppers (optional)
  • Hand saw (optional)
  • Work gloves (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch