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Tree Seed Collection Workshop #1

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Camp Cedarwin Sawmill Lodge

2945 Essex County Rd 20

Harrow, ON N0R 1G0

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Calling all tree enthusiasts! Help ERCA’s Certified Seed Collectors this fall gather seeds for our future trees!

Windsor-Essex County is part of the most biodiverse areas in all of Canada, the Carolinian Life Zone, and is home to just over 70 native trees and shrubs that create unique forested landscapes and habitat. While the Essex Region Conservation Authority has planted more than 6 million trees and achieved 8.5% natural areas coverage, more action is needed to reach our 12% target by 2020. One way to achieve this is by continuing to plant trees, but it is also critical for growers to have a consistent supply of healthy, viable native woody plant seeds with locally adapted genetics. In Southern Ontario, seed collection can be challenging due to inconsistent year to year seed production, mis-identification of species, seeds provided that are from unidentified locations or generally poor quality seed to start tree seedlings from for the new season.

As part of ERCA’s annual seed collection program, the public is invited to register for the opportunity to assist ERCA’s Certified Seed Collectors at two workshops hosted at Camp Cedarwin. Workshop attendees will learn how to identify targeted tree species that produce high quality seed and collect sustainably from these trees.

When the annual seed collection program is complete, ERCA staff send to a partner nursery to grow into seedlings for repurchase in 1 to 3 years and use in restoration projects. Some of the target tree species include Shagbark Hickory, Red Oak, Bur Oak, Pin Oak, White Oak, Silver Maple, American Sycamore, Red Osier Dogwood, Nannyberry, Elderberry and more. Additional details will be provided to citizen scientists upon registration.

Tree Seed Collection Workshop #1 (Tree ID, Collecting and Forecasting)

Date: Tuesday October 9 2018

Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Camp Cedarwin Sawmill Lodge


For more information please contact Gina Pannunzio, Partnerships and Outreach Coordinator at 519-776-5209 ext. 245.

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