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NANPS is pleased to announce that Director John Oyston has won
a 2012 Moraine Hero Award from the Monitoring the Moraine Partners, EcoSpark, and STORM Coalition for his work in returning his Rice Lake acreage to tallgrass prairie surrounded by a newly planted arboretum of native trees. John was awarded NANPS garden award in 2009 for the same project.
John continues to make NANPS proud through his exceptional work on NANPS Board of Directors; his continuing dedication to native species; and his other humanitarian causes. John recently returned from teaching anaesthesiology in Ethiopia. Welcome back John, and again, our heartiest congratulations for a well deserved honour!
Read the full story in Northumberland Today!
Board Retreat 2012
On Saturday July 2nd eight members of the NANPS Board met at Oak Hills Farm for the annual Board retreat. This allowed the Board the opportunity to brainstorm at length about the future goals and directions of NANPS, to plan for the October AGM, to discuss recruitment to the Board and to Board Committees.
There was also time for the Board memebrs to socialise, and to take a tour of the 100 acre property, which includes a prairie, an arboretum, and paths through a woodlot.
The Great Garlic Mustard Roundup of 2012
The Great Garlic Mustard Roundup was a great success...no Roundup required! The working area of Shining Tree Woods was completely cleared of this harmful weed by the dedicated members of NANPS Conservation Team on June 2, 2012. Please consider joining NANPS next year for this annual event!
Shining Tree Woods is NANPS premiere conservation property, home to a number of rare species, some of which were under direct threat from the garlic mustard infestation. Working together, NANPS team has beaten back this menace for another year...and had a great time doing it!
In addition to taking 72 bags out to the roadside for garbage collection, the Teams identified dozens of species and initiated a monitoring program to evaluate the long term success of their efforts.
If you can’t join NANPS at Shining Tree Woods, you can also help by working to eradicate invasive species near you or by pledging your financial support to our efforts.
2012 pledges amounted to $3.80 per bag of garlic mustard removed from Shining Tree Woods. Many thanks to Irene Fedun, Jim Hodgins, Deborah Dale, David Skene Melvin, and Ann Butt and to Shell Canada and Lee Valley Tools for their financial support of this essential activity.
After a fun few hours in the woods, the Team continued on to St Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre, exploring Ontario’s oldest forestry station, enjoying a tasty supper and each other’s company. The top five pullers each won a gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools and all participants took home a re-usable LVT shopping bag, 2 native plants for their gardens, and other small tokens of our appreciation.
New Team members are always welcome and pledges are still being accepted toward this or next years Great Garlic Mustard roundup.
NANPS believes that it is important to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments, large or small, of the people and groups that work toward our shared goal of restoring North America's native flora.
We offer awards in three categories:
Please help us find those deserving of recognition!
NANPS currently offers three award categories and we invite and encourage you to submit your nomination.
Please read the nomination guidelines, then send in your nomination by mail to:
NANPS Nomination Committee
PO Box 84, Station D
Toronto, ON M9A 4X1
Foreign weed on $20 Bill
IGNORANCE OF NATURE PUTS A FOREIGN WEED ON NEW $20 BILL
The new Canadian $20 bill is appropriately adorned with symbols of Canada: Her Majesty the Queen, The Peace Tower, the Canadian flag and the Vimy Memorial.
But in a prominent position between the word “Canada” and the number “20”, highlighted by a transparent border, is the leaf of a nasty alien weed-tree, the Norway maple. This tree is taking over Canada’s woodlands and endangering Canadian native trees and flowers. (See CBC article.)