Our 2021 spring planting season is off to a great start, with over 2300 native floodplain species including maples, oaks and planted at our Greenway restoration sites along the Nashwaak river.
Over the past two weeks, with the help of more than 50 volunteers, we have planted over 1693 native floodplain trees at Marysville and Neil’s Flats. These two properties, located north of downtown Fredericton and owned by the City are being stewarded by NWAI as part of our Nashwaak Greenway Project.
Most of the trees planted were silver maples, a native species that predominates in floodplain forests and bottomlands of the Nashwaak and greater Wolastaq watersheds. Red maple, and red oak were also planted.
Around vernal ponds and along the riverbanks in Marysville Flats 650 red-tipped willow and red osier dogwood shrubs were staked.
Together the trees and shrubs we have planted will serve to restore function to our floodplain and help mitigate both flooding and erosion, while also creating valuable habitat to support greater native biodiversity.
A big thank you to all our community volunteers, as well as the teams from the Department of Justice and Public Safety and the Gaia Project that came out to help! We could not do it without you!
This work is supported by the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund, the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund, and WWF-Canada.