Volunteers remove invasive plant from along Pugwash Estuary

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Volunteers remove glossy buckthorn plants from a piece of property on the Pugwash Estuary. The group of 11 volunteers and four Nature Conservancy of Canada staff removed 5,000 plants during the daylong event. Some of the roots were more than two feet in length.

PUGWASH – Eleven volunteers from as far as Halifax and four Nature Conservancy of Canada staff worked to eliminated an invasive species from a piece of conservancy land along the Pugwash Estuary on Saturday.

The group worked from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., stopping for lunch by the Pugwash River.

Rain from Friday made it easier to pull the glossy buckthorn from the ground and sometimes it still took teams of three to uproot the larger buckthorn trees from the muddy ground. The roots were sometimes longer than two feet.

NCC officials believe 5,000 buckthorn plants were removed during the day, including saplings and larger adult trees. Last year, 3,000 plants were removed.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has protected 1,030 acres of land in the Pugwash Estuary over the last decade. It’s a prime staging and migration route for a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. Nature Conservancy of Canada photo


Organizations: NCC

Geographic location: Canada, Halifax, Pugwash River

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