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Pelee Woods Invasive Plant Removal – October 15, 2016
Located north of Upper Middle Rd, east of Trafalgar Rd, Pelee Woods Park woodland constitutes an area of immense natural beauty! Unfortunately, our woodland diversity has been affected, throughout the years, by plants and animals deliberately or accidentally introduced by man (invasive, alien & non-native species). In 2013, most of the ash trees in this woodland were dead or dying as a result of the emerald ash borer, an Asian native beetle which has killed tens of millions ash trees in North America (https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/fire-insects-disturbances/top-insects/13377).
Currently, the Town of Oakville is implementing a strategy to regenerate the woodland at Pelee Woods Park. As part of this effort, the Town is removing dead ash trees from the areas affected by the beetle, clearing away buckthorn using limited chemical control and planting in openings created by ash mortality.
Buckthorn is yet another invasive species introduced to North America, likely over 100 years ago. This alien species has spread throughout southern Ontario very rapidly due to its capacity to compete for limited resources in a very effective way.
On October 15 2016, Oakvillegreen’s volunteers in partnership with the Oakville Horticultural Society, removed more than 5 cubic yards of buckthorn at the south west corner of Pelee Woods moving west along Nipigon Trail, continuing our efforts to remove invasive species.
Oakvillegreen Conservation Association is proud to contribute to the Town’s efforts to keep invasive plants at bay and to regenerate and maintain diversity at Pelee Woods Park woodland.
Last spring 11 Oakville schools did an amazing job and got their trees and beds mulched. Small actions make a big difference and we are positive that all those plants were very thankful during our dry summer.
Schools then posted pictures of their hard work on social media and entered a draw to win money that will be used to “green” their schools. Thanks to Whole Foods Oakville who donated the prizes through their One Dime at a Time program; we are super happy and excited to announce the winners today.
Congratulations to our Spring 2016 Mulchfest winners! White Oaks Secondary School and Heritage Glen Public School.
White Oaks Secondary School (Mrs. Christina Annis’s class)
Heritage Glen Public School (some students from grade 6-1 with Mrs. Thompson)
Both schools will be using the money to increase and enhance green areas in their school yards.
It does not seem like fall, but we want to make sure Oakville trees are ready for the winter, so we are getting ready to mulch trees next week during our Fall Mulchfest. Stay tuned so you don’t miss all those posts on social media and more winners with great projects!
Keep up the green work Oakville!
Our amazing friends at VelocityEHS have been volunteering at Oakvillegreen’s tree planting events for the past 8 years!
This year the VelocityEHS team – the largest dedicated environment, health and safety (EHS) software solutions provider in the market – stepped up their support in a big way. Staff held a silent auction of old laptops and cell phones in the Oakville office and collected $1,100 to be donated to Oakvillegreen!
VelocityEHS staff joined us at Castlefield Park to plant three large shade trees and extend a natural area with an additional 50 native trees and shrubs.
Thanks VelocityEHS team for supporting Oakvillegreen and turning your old laptops and cell phones into trees!