Conservation Volunteers tree planting event restores important habitat for species at risk

Walsingham, ON – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) hosted its seventh Conservation Volunteers event of the season with a group of 20 keen participants planting 1,240 trees and ten kilograms of acorns on retired agricultural fields at NCC’s Demaere property this past Saturday, benefitting species at risk including Hooded Warbler and Eastern Hog-nosed Snake.

“This event has helped to advance necessary restoration efforts on the property,” noted Mhairi McFarlane, NCC’s Southwestern Ontario Science and Stewardship Coordinator. “Volunteers are instrumental in helping us complete our day-to-day management work and this weekend’s crew was really enthusiastic which always makes for a fun and productive day.”

Located in the Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, this area has the highest level of intact forest cover in southwestern Ontario and provides a critical stopover site for migratory landbirds and waterbirds. The volunteer tree planting event has helped in building ecological connections to other nearby NCC properties. Habitat connectivity is critical for wildlife survival because small, fragmented habitat patches are less likely to have the necessary resources to support healthy populations of a diversity of wildlife.

The benefits of environmental volunteering for participants has been well-documented including improved mental wellbeing and physical health, and increased connectedness to nature. It also has the ability to empower individuals to make environmentally beneficial changes in their day-to-day lives.

NCC’s Conservation Volunteers program engages people in the protection of Canada’s biodiversity while providing a meaningful, hands-on educational experience in ecologically significant natural areas. Carefully designed projects ensure that volunteers’ time is dedicated to critical conservation action. To find out more about how to become involved with NCC’s volunteer events, please visit the Conservation Volunteers website at

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC has helped to protect more than 2 million acres (800,000 hectares) of ecologically significant land nationwide.



Mhairi McFarlane       
Southwestern Ontario Science and Stewardship Coordinator
519-640-6822 ext. 24

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