Where?  Blacker Property on Highway 8 (Huron Road), 5 km from Goderich.  The property is owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).

When?
 May 7, 2016, 11:30am to 3pm

To register, click here.

There have been coniferous (evergreen) trees planting on this property in the past, and only about half survived. The trees planted this spring will add diversity, and eventually this area will become a beautiful mixed forest.

There have been coniferous (evergreen) trees planting on this property in the past, and only about half survived. The trees planted this spring will add diversity, and eventually this area will become a beautiful mixed forest.

Join NCC, HSC, and Maitland Valley Conservation Authority staff on Saturday May 7th as we go ‘Back to Blacker‘ to continue our restoration of a former agricultural field to a beautiful mixed forest characteristic of the Lower Maitland River Valley. By planting native deciduous trees to augment the restoration of the area we’ll be increasing the overall size and quality of the forest on the Blacker property as well as creating more habitat for area sensitive bird species.

No previous experience is required, but but participants should dress for the conditions: wear sturdy closed-toe shoes (steel toes if possible), long pants, comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, and a hat. Please bring your own lunch and refillable water bottle. You may also bring your own work gloves, if you have them.

NCC will provide work gloves for those who need them as well as extra snacks and water. There will be no on-site washroom facilities at this event. Additional event details, including directions and parking information will be provided after registration.

We will be planting all native, deciduous species, about the size of the trees in this picture.

We will be planting all native, deciduous species, about the size of the trees in this picture.

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 areasproviding habitat for many species, including some of which 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 Blacker Property. The property contains a wide range of interesting species, including the endangered butternut tree.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here, https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/7xipyk to add your car or join a ride going to the event. There is also a waitlist feature if there isn’t a ride there yet that works for you. Happy carpooling!

NCC would like to thank the Edge Renewal Fund and Huron Clean Water Program for their generous support of this CV event.

The yellow star is where the trees will be planted. There will be parking alongside Huron Road, but it will be limited. Please try to carpool if you can.

The yellow star is where the trees will be planted. There will be parking alongside Huron Road, but it will be limited. Please try to carpool if you can.

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