Stewardship is taking a personal ownership of and responsibility for the environment. It means caring for the land in a responsible way to ensure that healthy ecosystems are passed on to future generations. To ensure that this special group of plants remains in NS there are many ways you can help, big and small!
For starters, to protect ACPF we all need to be aware of this group of plants and learn about the habitats they depend on and how to recognize them! Start by viewing the Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Identification and Information Guide.
Secondly, visit the You Can Help page to learn about the Top 10 ways to help ACPF.
For more information you can view the "Healthy Lakes and Wetlands for Tomorrow: A landowner stewardship guide for species at risk in Nova Scotia" guide which provides excellent and easy tips on how to share your land with species at risk.
Thirdly, get involved in hands-on recovery work to help these species, including:
Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora Volunteer Monitoring Program
Since 2000, the NSNT has run a Rare Plant Monitoring Program, wherein volunteers are trained to identify ACPF (with a focus on the 11 federally listed species at risk), and are paired with a monitoring site on a lake known to support ACPF. This program has engaged and involved a number of volunteers over the last decade. In 2010, NSNT, MTRI, and Parks Canada joined together to create an ACPF volunteer monitoring program that offers various volunteer opportunities to individuals or groups interested in helping with ACPF conservation and recovery efforts.
Volunteers can work individually or as a team to monitor at risk ACPF along the shorelines of lakes and rivers in southwest Nova Scotia. This opportunity involves setting up plots and counting plants, measuring water level, and assessing habitat quality at the same sites on an annual basis. Training will be provided through group training sessions and one-on-one training.
Contact Katie at the Nova Scotia Nature Trust to get started!
Shoreline Surveys & Water Quality Monitoring