Canon volunteers at Boisé Papineau (Photo by Canon Canada inc.)

Canon volunteers at Boisé Papineau (Photo by Canon Canada inc.)

Canon Canada volunteers at Boisé Papineau

Boisé Papineau, Laval (Photo by NCC)

Boisé Papineau, Laval (Photo by NCC)

On September 13, 2017, 46 employees of Canon Canada participated in a volunteer activity at the Boisé Papineau in Laval.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) owns properties in this wooded urban area of high ecological value. The Boisé Papineau contains a 200-year-old maple sugar beech stand designated as an exceptional forest ecosystem by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, as well as butternut, a tree species designated as endangered in Canada and likely to be designated as at risk in Quebec.

In these woods, however, lurks a significant threat to biodiversity: common buckthorn, an exotic and invasive shrub. Introduced from Europe in the 18th century, this large shrub rapidly invaded natural areas, leading to a drastic decrease in local biodiversity. Buckthorn’s rapid growth, high fruit production and high seed germination rate make it a formidable competitor.

Removed section of bark from common buckthorn, resulting in the death of the shrub (Photo by NCC)

Removed section of bark from common buckthorn, resulting in the death of the shrub (Photo by NCC)

The Canon volunteers, armed with handsaws, secateurs, hand weeders and a tree extractor, helped pull out more than 500 common buckthorn plants. High spirits and cooperation made the event a great success! This activity to control buckthorn will help slow down its spread, although similar control measures will have to be undertaken in the future to prevent conversion of the forest and maintain its natural composition. Take note!

The City of Laval also contributed both equipment and employees to the activity.

NCC thanks the employees of Canon Canada and the City of Laval for their invaluable participation in preserving the biodiversity of the Boisé Papineau!

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