Black Ash Nature Reserve
Buds on a black ash tree (Photo by NCC)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC’s) Black Ash Nature Reserve is a 26-acre (11-hectare) property located in the rural community of Reidville, less than two kilometres north of the Town of Deer Lake. As its name suggests, this property provides habitat for the provincially vulnerable black ash tree; a species at the northern extent of its range here on the island of Newfoundland. Located along the shores of Rocky Brook, the property also contains healthy populations of balsam poplar and ostrich fern (fiddleheads). The Black Ash Nature Reserve provides not only habitat for plants, but it is also home to a variety of waterfowl and forest birds, including rusty blackbird.
NCC’s stewardship of this property will include ongoing research into maintaining the health of the black ash trees and reducing any threats to their survival. If the population on NCC’s property produces sufficient seeds, these could be contributed as a seed source to the National Tree Seed Centre.
The Black Ash Nature Reserve can be accessed off of Rocky Brook Road in Reidville, near the Town of Deer Lake.