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Gatineau Park (Photo by NCC)

Gatineau Park (Photo by NCC)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is seeking volunteers for a property clean up on Kettle Island in Gatineau

September 14, 2022
Gatineau

 

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is seeking volunteers who want to get involved in the protection of extraordinary natural areas in the Outaouais. The not-for-profit conservation organization invites citizens to a clean up of the Gatineau’s Kettle Island on Saturday, October 1.

Activity

Conservation Volunteers are needed to help protect habitat on Kettle Island by helping clean up its banks. Picking up trash along its shores helps maintain clean, important habitat for the species that live there. Volunteers with a boat are also needed to help transport volunteers to the island.

Habitat

Kettle Island is the third-largest island in the Ottawa River, after Île aux Allumettes and Grand-Calumet. Almost entirely covered by moist forest, the island is home to a silver maple grove as well as stands of basswood and hackberry, a species likely to be designated threatened or vulnerable in Quebec. There are also several swamp areas, which are preferred habitat for species such as northern watersnake, map turtle and butternut tree.

Date and time

Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting point

  • For participants based in Quebec: Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Kitchissippi Marina, at 5 Sanscartier street, Gatineau, QC. marinakitchissipi.com/. The NCC team will be there to welcome you.
  • For participants based in Ontario: Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Rockcliffe Yacht Club, at 1505 Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier Parkway, Ottawa, ryc.ca/. The Ottawa Riverkeeper team will be there to welcome you. 
  • For participants using their own boat: Meet at 9 a.m. at Pointe Duval (southwestern tip of the island), directly on Kettle Island: 45°27'56.3"N 75°40'22.4"W.

Additional information

  • Participants should be at least 14 years old. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A moderate level of fitness is required to participate in this activity.
  • Tools will be provided by NCC.
  • All local authority health and safety restrictions and guidelines must be followed.

To sign up

Registration deadline: September 30, 2022

To learn more about this activity, please email anais.rouillard@natureconservancy.ca.

This activity is made possible thanks to financial assistance provided by the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, through the Partenariat pour les milieux naturels project.

About

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s unifying force for nature. NCC seeks solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through largescale, permanent land conservation. As a trusted partner NCC works with people, communities, businesses and government to protect and care for our country’s most important natural areas. Since 1962, NCC has brought Canadians together to conserve and restore more than 15 million hectares. In Quebec, close to 50,000 hectares have been protected. With nature, we build a thriving world.

The Projet de partenariat pour les milieux naturels (PPMN) is a four-year grant of more than $53 million from the Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques to NCC. It provides support for voluntary conservation initiatives to ensure the protection of natural areas of interest by establishing financial partnerships with conservation organizations in the province. The PPMN thus aims to develop and consolidate Québec's network of protected areas located on private land. It follows the Ensemble pour la nature project, which ended on March 31, 2020, and had similar goals.

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