Volunteer Land Stewards- Forest Plantation Naturalization

Spring 2017: Land Management Volunteer Opportunities

Every year, rare takes on new ecological restoration initiatives in order to enhance and rehabilitate the unique native habitats of this urban land trust. Together with volunteer and community support, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is happy to provide meaningful opportunities for environmental education and stewardship through volunteer restoration activities. Below is a brief description of the opportunities for volunteering with rare for the spring of 2017


April 27th, 2017    9:30 AM -12:30 PM;
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM;
May 5th, 2017       9:30 AM -12:30 PM;
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM;
May 10th, 2017     9:30 AM -12:30 PM;
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM;

 May 18th, 2017    9:30 AM -12:30 PM;
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM;


Meeting Spot:


Lamb’s Inn (1679 Blair Road, Cambridge) then carpool to restoration site

Project Details:  

The Thompson Tract plantation was planted in the 1980s, mostly with Black Walnut and White Pine. Plantations are rows of even-aged habitats which can compromise habitat biodiversity and are more susceptible to disease. As part of a Managed Forest Plan, the plantations are being restored to a naturalized forest habitat which includes a mix of native tree species and understory plants.

Thinning the plantation has opened up gaps in the canopy to facilitate understory growth. As a follow-up to the thinning, volunteer days will focus on increasing biodiversity by transplanting native trees and shrubs from the adjacent Indian Woods where there is a surplus of healthy saplings. This is a great opportunity for those looking to gain experience in ecological restoration and tree planting.

Recommended Attire:  

Long pants;
Suitable foot wear (rubber boots recommended);
Work gloves (optional);


Additional Items to bring:  

Refillable water bottle
Sunscreen and Insect repellent
Snacks and/or bag lunch (if participating for full day)



If you are interested in participating in this restoration project
please register through the events calendar. For more details, please contact
alissa.fraser@raresites.org or by phone at 519-650-9336 x114.

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rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001