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Uprooting of European Buckthorn by Nature-Action Québec

Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Châteauguay, July 23, 2019 – It is today that the Centre écologique Fernand-Seguin begins uprooting buckthorn—an invasive exotic shrub that is spreading and harming biodiversity and native species, including the cockspur hawthorn and suborbicular hawthorn, which are emblematic plant species at the ecology centre.

Working in collaboration with Héritage Saint-Bernard, the team from Nature-Action Québec—the project initiator—will be on site over the next few days to control the harmful shrub. Mayor Pierre-Paul Routhier and councillors Mike Gendron and Barry Doyle were in attendance at the chalet in Fernand-Seguin park to take part in the operations and salute the initiative, in which the City injected an amount of $20,550.

“This project is in perfect harmony with the City Council’s commitment to protect the integrity of the Centre écologique Fernand-Seguin, which we want to preserve in every respect: from its area and biodiversity to its Quebec footprint,” stated the mayor during his visit.

The Centre écologique Fernand-Seguin is an ecoterritory that plays a major role as a guardian for the conservation of natural habitats, flora and fauna. It is in areas like this that the integrity of biodiversity can be better preserved. Different methods may be used for the control or eradication of invasive alien plant species such as buckthorn, e.g., stem cutting combined with stump encapsulation, uprooting and removing stumps and roots.

The objective of Nature-Action Québec is to uproot or cut between 400 and 500 buckthorn plants. The cut plants will then be encapsulated to avoid the production of new stems. This work is very physically demanding, and it must be carried out by professionals. However, it is planned to plant shrubs next year, and we will ask for the assistance of volunteers who wish to participate in the activity.

For more information about buckthorn and tips on how to prevent its propagation, visit the Nature-Action website at http://nature-action.qc.ca/site/publications/buckthorn_bourdaine (in French only).

 

Last update: 2019-07-24 07:31

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