Volunteers planting trees in Grondines, QC (Photo by Catherine Drolet)

Volunteers planting trees in Grondines, QC (Photo by Catherine Drolet)

Planting to restore: Volunteer work at the Grondines swamp

Volunteers planting trees (Grondines, QC) (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers planting trees (Grondines, QC) (Photo by NCC)

The Grondines and Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade swamp is one of the last remaining expanses of treed swamps to be found along the Saint Lawrence River. A volunteer reforestation activity was held on June 4, 2016 in order to restore and enhance this unique site.

Seven motivated volunteers, three Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) employees and the Drolet-Careau family rolled up their sleeves and planted almost 500 indigenous trees and shrubs in a plot of wild land along the edge of the swamp. Silver maple, butternut, red ash, American black elderberry and high-bush cranberry are some of the species used to reforest the area.

The day was spent in high spirits and beautiful weather, with the site’s magnificent landscape as a backdrop.

NCC wishes to give a warm thanks to all of the participants, as well as to the Association forestière des deux rives, who generously donated part of the trees that were planted.

A remarkable swamp

The Grondines swamp, which extends seven kilometres along the banks of the Saint Lawrence’s freshwater estuary, has significant ecological value. Indeed, it is home to several at-risk species, including some plants that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Moreover, the area’s farm, forest and coastal lands host an impressive diversity and quantity of birds.

Dedicated to the conservation of this site since 2008, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has launched a project to protect, restore and enhance this exceptional environment.

The goal of this project, which was made possible by financial support from the fondation Hydro Québec pour l’environnement, as well as with participation from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is to ensure that a section of fallow land currently protected by NCC goes back to being a natural environment that respects the area’s unique ecological integrity. The project also aims to raise awareness in the local community regarding the area’s natural wealth and the variety of actions that can be implemented to protect it.

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