Approximately 50 people from the City of Mississauga’s Forestry staff planted 200 native trees and shrubs in Birchwood Park, a buffer zone to Birchwood Creek near Lakeshore Road West and Clarkson Road North in Mississauga. 16 youth volunteers from St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School took on the next step of the program. These dedicated volunteers removed invasive species that threaten the restoration project including Phragmites australis (or common reed) and weeds such as burdock, cleaned up the site so it was free from litter, and of course they measured at least 10% of each native tree species planted to establish a baseline for future monitoring years to come.
An essential element to this program is to keep community members engaged to study climate change impacts over a long-term period. Therefore, if you are interested to learn more about this program or wish to volunteer to measure trees next year, please contact our office.