Roadside cleanup, Backus Woods, ON (Photo by NCC)

Roadside cleanup, Backus Woods, ON (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers lend a hand in southwestern Ontario

Lions Club tree planting, ON (Photo by NCC)

Lions Club tree planting, ON (Photo by NCC)

On Saturday, April 29, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) hosted a tree planting event in partnership with the Tillsonburg, Simcoe and St. David’s Lions Clubs. Approximately 6,000 trees were planted by 60 eager volunteers to help restore 8 acres (3.2 hectares) of agricultural fields to Carolinian forest in NCC’s Upper Big Creek Block. The planting was done in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International. As a thank you to the Lions Club, each chapter was given a tulip tree seedling to plant within the restored area.

This important restoration work will help NCC fill a small gap in the surrounding forest, improving connectivity and enhancing and increasing habitat for a variety of common, rare and at-risk Carolinian species.   

On Sunday, April 30, NCC held its third annual Backus Woods roadside cleanup. Six volunteers braved chilly, wet weather to help with the removal of garbage along Norfolk County Highway 24, adjacent to Backus Woods. Sixteen bags of garbage and recycling were removed from five kilometres of road. Over the past three years, the amount of garbage present on the roadside has decreased significantly thanks to awesome volunteers!

Thank you to everyone who participated in these events. For more information about becoming a volunteer with NCC, visit conservationvolunteers.ca.

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