Tree-planting volunteer work at the Grondines swamp (Photo by NCC)

Tree-planting volunteer work at the Grondines swamp (Photo by NCC)

Volunteers plant 250 trees to restore the Grondines Swamp

Conservation Volunteers activity at the Grondines swamp (Photo by NCC)

Conservation Volunteers activity at the Grondines swamp (Photo by NCC)

On June 3, and for a second consecutive year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) organized a volunteer tree planting activity in the Grondines Swamp. Thanks to the participation of 11 volunteers and three NCC employees, approximately 250 trees were planted to restore an area of fallow land adjacent to the Grondines Swamp. Species indigenous to this unique environment, such as silver maple, balsam poplar, eastern cottonwood, red-osier dogwood, common elderberry, red-berried elder and sweet viburnum, were planted along the newly created basins to promote biodiversity. One thousand additional trees and shrubs will be planted by the NCC team over the next few days, to reach a total of 2,500 trees in two years. With pleasant weather and motivated volunteers, the day was spent in high spirits.

NCC wishes to thank the volunteers who participated as well as the Association forestière des deux rives for lending tools and donating trees.

NCC also thanks the Fromagerie des Grondines, Julie Vachon Chocolats and the Le Soleil Levain bakery for preparing snacks that were very much appreciated by the participants.

This activity was part of a project to protect and restore the Grondines Swamp at Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, made possible by the participation of the Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement, Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Alcoa Foundation for sustainable communities and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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