Volunteer Event: Live Staking at Joany's Woods

USDA Live Staking DiagramHelp us restore Joany's Woods!

On March 12th TTLT will be trialing a new (to us) method of restoration: Live Staking! We invite volunteers to join us on this adventure to enhance stable near-shore areas at Joany's Woods.

What is Live Staking?

Live Staking is a bioengineering technique intended to increase woody vegetation along the edges of wetlands, creeks, and rivers. This is done by taking cuttings of specific tree and shrub species, like Dogwood, in late winter and inserting the "live stakes" into the soil. With proper species selection and adequate moisture, these live stakes will take root and mature into beautiful trees and shrubs.

Why choose Live Staking?

Live Staking is simple and inexpensive with moderate to high success rates. Often live stakes can be collected from the surrounding area, minimizing or eliminating the need to purchase materials. While rooted plants often establish quicker than live stakes, the effects of animal browsing and plant mortality are less impactful due to lower initial costs. Additionally, woody plants rooted from cuttings tend to mature and produce seeds earlier than individuals started from seed.

What to expect:

The event will consist of some live stake collection with the majority of time spent on installation. Live stake installation will take place along the stable near-shore areas of the Ausable River near the Vernon Road entrance. TTLT staff will provide training on species selection, identification, collection processes, and installation techniques.

Mixed twigs: dogwood, sumac, cedar & white pine

What to bring:

  • Please wear appropriate footwear, long sleeves, and pants.
  • Dress for the weather and plan for mud.
  • Bring your lunch and plenty of water.
  • TTLT will provide equipment and work gloves.

What you need to know about this event: 

  • We are meeting at the Vernon Road entrance. Location is approximate.
  • Parking: Limited roadside parking is available along Vernon Road. See trail map.
  • This event occurs off trail on uneven terrain and will involve bending. Please notify us of any required accommodations.
  • There are no washroom facilities at Joany's Woods, so please plan accordingly. 
    The closest public washrooms are: Tim Horton's in Parkhill.
  • Please stay home if feeling unwell.

Please note: this event is weather dependent. In the case of any changes or cancellation, we will send out an email to everyone who is registered the day before the event.

Photo (left): Live Staking Diagram courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture
Photo (right): Mixed twigs - Dogwood, Sumac, Cedar & White Pine, by Payton Landsborough

March 12, 2024 at 12:00pm - 3pm
Joany's Woods - Vernon Road entrance
161 Vernon Rd
Thedford, ON N0M 2N0
Google map and directions
Payton Landsborough · · 519 858 3442

Will you come?