KCCA Environmental Youth Corps Plant 2,000 Wildflowers in St. Thomas
For Immediate Release
St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) will plant 2,000 wildflower plugs across five-acres of land adjacent to Dalewood Reservoir this Sunday June 10, 2018.
“It’s new age flower power,” says Kassandra Boddie, KCCA’s stewardship and outreach technician, “the EYC is about youth taking action locally to better the environment.”
KCCA recruited 12 youth volunteers from local area high schools to form the EYC to work with KCCA staff on various stewardship projects. One of the first projects to be undertaken is in cooperation with the Dalewood Glen Condo Corporation. The Corporation was keen to convert five acres of unused land into tallgrass prairie adjacent to Dalewood Conservation Area. The entire site was seeded in May with the EYC planting plugs to help with the early establishment of the site.
“Less than three percent of tallgrass prairies remain in southern Ontario making it one of Ontario’s most endangered ecosystems,” says Boddie. A variety of native plants have been selected for planting including butterfly milkweed, cup plant, lance leaf coreopsis and Indian grass.
The area will form a buffer to the Dalewood Conservation Area and its provincially significant wetland. Tall grass prairie is attractive habitat to diverse wildlife including grassland songbirds, and key pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies. The grasslands will also offer nesting, brood rearing and roosting cover for birds.
The EYC participants learn about the importance of this habitat to the local environment, help to initiate change and will eventually develop project ideas of their own.
This project and the Environmental Youth Corps program is made possible from the generous support of the Government of Ontario.
Where: 87 Donker Drive, St. Thomas, ON
When: Sunday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m.
For more information:
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority