Objective: To actively engage local people in the practical preservation and restoration of the natural ecological habitat along the urban Seine River
Location: The Seine River Urban Greenway
The SOS Land Care initiative focuses on restoring the health of the Seine River Greenway. Common threats to the greenway are invasive plants, garbage in and around the river as well as the anticipated die-off of mature forest canopy. The Land Care Committee and volunteers identify a wide variety of factors that impact the health of the greenway. They meet to discuss the best methods of remediation and form and implement a plan based on best practice methods. Our work consists of tree and shrub planting, weed, garbage and deadfall removal to keep our trails clear and the river navigable.
Regular Land Care Events are held throughout the warmer month and are posted on the Events page.
All are welcome!
Champions-Citizen Scientist Initiative
For the 2021 season, Land Care is launching our new Champion Citizen Scientist Initiative. This first year will be a pilot program to help us learn and understand the best way to approach this work. Our goal is to improve the ecological state of the Seine River Greenway and gather information to contribute to the ongoing ecological assessment of the Seine River Greenway.
The SOS Land Care Champions-Citizen Scientist initiative serves as the “boots on the ground” volunteers who care for and provide ecological information as feedback to SOS. We are building upon the previous efforts established in the Land Care initiative, including continued work with SOS Land Care volunteers from previous years. This new strategy provides a systematic way of carrying out ecological work in addition to gathering information from an engaged group of people. SOS Land Care Champions are identified for selected regions of the greenway who self-organize groups of volunteers. Champions will determine the days/times to work and be in touch with their own volunteers for each specific Land Care event. These SOS Land Care regional groups then carry out land care activities based on advice from the Land Care committee.
Please visit the Volunteer page if you would like to get involved.
Restore and repair the Seine River Greenway
The Land Care Committee, chaired by Wilma Sotas, and together with its volunteers, continued working along the Seine River Greenway in their efforts to remove invasive species. As well, the Niakwa Trail Rain Garden was chosen as the location for a pilot project which consisted of the installation of nesting homes for native solitary bees to encourage pollination in the garden.
Flowering Shrubs of The Legend
Planting flowering shrubs on the land between The Legend condos and the river was made possible by several partnerships. Where the City of Winnipeg, Wilma Sotas and Michele Kading donated the seeds, plants and the flowering shrubs. While Kristin Tuchscherer, the City’s Naturalist provided the necessary expertise and guidance to the Land Care Team. Thirty-four flowering shrubs (including 10 hawthorn, 9 hazelnut, 5 high bush cranberry, 5 saskatoon, and 5 wild blackcurrant shrubs) were provided by the City of Winnipeg, along with protective wire to create cages for each shrub. However, the prime commitment came from one of the Land Care volunteers, Brian Crow. Who together with the residents of the condo block agreed to maintain and water the shrubs for two years following planting.
An Established SOS Land Care Committee
Local volunteers Ms. Wilma Sotas and Ms. Fenella Temmerman established the SOS Land Care Committee in 2018 focusing on wildflower restoration. The Committee began engaging with local people to get involved with land restoration work and also increase awareness on the caring of our shared land.
As a result, a growing number of volunteers participated in regular weekly events to bring positive changes to the local landscape. The volunteers focused on weed removal and beneficial plantings of trees, shrubs and forbs along the Greenway.
The Wildflower Greenway
The beginnings of Save Our Seine Landcare date back to 2015 when Wilma Sotas, SOS board member, had a vision for a Wildflower Greenway spanning between Shorehill Drive and Creek Bend Road. This area includes swathes of natural meadows and grasslands, which were sadly overrun by introduced invasive plants such as creeping thistle, leafy spurge, and burdock, preventing native plants from taking root.