Volunteer Opportunities 

High Park Stewards 2010 Sessions

See also High Park Stewards


Stewardship sessions Fall 2010 (pdf)

Stewardship sessions Winter/Spring 2010 (pdf)

Seed Collecting
Native Plant Nursery

Fall Volunteer Stewardship Sessions:

Oct. 10: Seed Collecting for Next Year's Restoration Projects

The Environment Canada website has lots of information on Seed collecting and site preparation or download Planting the Seed (pdf)

Also see Grasses & Sedges for info on native grasses

Buckthorn Busters at work
It's amazing how much can be removed in a short time

Oct. 24: Invasive Species Removal - Buckthorn Busting.

Urban Forestry has done the Oriental Bittersweet removal that we had planned for this session and has need of our great skills as Buckthorn Busters. It's a great way to reduce stress and meet people and the difference made is amazing.

This highly invasive shrub forms dense even-aged thickets that often cause an overall reduction in the establishment of shade tolerant native shrubs and herbs. It rapidly produces seeds early in the season that are highly viable and germinate quickly.

European Buckthorn
a very aggressive shrub

Nov. 14: Invasive Species Control - European Buckthorn More info on Buckthorn:

European Buckthorn Invasives website

European Buckthorn (pdf)

Common buckthorn is a deciduous shrub or small tree that can grow to 25 ft. (7.6 m) in height. The bark is dark gray and speckled and the inner bark is orange. Twigs are usually tipped with a sharp spine. The leaf arrangement is usually subopposite, but examples of opposite and/or alternate arrangements are commonly found. Leaves are dark green, oval, 1.5 to 3 in. (3.8-7.6 cm) long, slightly serrate with 3 to 4 pairs of curving veins and a somewhat folded tip. Both Glossy and European Buckthorn are our targets.

European Buckthorn
so many berries = too many shrubs

Nov. 28: End of year European Buckthorn Removal and Pot-Luck Lunch

We will have one last whack at the buckthorn from 10:30 to 12:30 (meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant) then for those who wish to participate in the end-of-year pot-luck lunch, we will go to the Greenhouse where we can share food, photos and celebrate our work in the park. If you bring food, please make sure that it won't spoil for the few hours we will be working and it is preferable if it doesn't need heating up as there is only one small microwave. This just requires a bit more inventiveness.

An RSVP for the pot-luck portion will help give us an idea of how many people are interested in attending. Email stewards@highparknature.org or respond to the invitation that has been sent to our email list. See the full Invitation for more details or if you did not receive the invitation.


More references: Oriental Bittersweet Invasives website

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