Edmonton Native Plant Society
native plant stewards

Recent Notices:

Harvesting and Foraging in Edmonton Parkland including the River Valley and Ravine Systems is Illegal - Bylaw 2202

People wildcrafting and foraging in the river valley and ravine system has increased with the rise in popularity of herbal medicines, and food, and most people have no idea of ethical gathering, (and even ethical gathering following the 10% rule is problematic - if 15-20 people over the course of a week each take 10%, what's left?) let alone knowing that it is actually illegal.

Many of us have become deeply concerned about the promotion of, and amount of, native plants being harvested in the river valley system. It is now clearly established, with legal review, that under Edmonton By-Law 2202 foraging and harvesting in the Edmonton River Valley is illegal. There is more to these actions than just the harvesting: not staying on maintained trails, collecting for commercial purposes, etc.

Bylaw 2202 states:  
“The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate the conduct and activities of people on Parkland (WN note: ‘parkland refers to the river valley system, including ravines, and public land) in order to promote the safe, enjoyable and reasonable use of such property and to protect and preserve natural ecosystems for the benefit of all citizens of the City.”

Under the Preservation of natural areas section, the following is stated:
“While on Parkland no person shall:
- enter into any undeveloped or natural area other than on an Improved Trail or an Unimproved Trail;
- remove any rock, gravel, sand or soil;
- move, remove, cut or damage any tree, shrub, flower, other plant or deadfall

Many people feel that our natural areas are their untapped grocery stores or pharmacies. They fail or refuse to even think about their negative impacts on the overall eco-system or to individual plant, animal, bird and insect species that all rely on every aspect of a healthy habitat. The Park Ranger Service, however, will tolerate folks gathering items for personal consumption, limited in scope/volume and respecting what is laid out in 2202. For example a person is free to pick and eat a handful of berries as they walk along a trail.

Wild harvesting to collect commercial quantities of plant material, or even occasional collecting for things like decorative arrangements, medicinal value, or berries for jam or freezing, can have serious impacts on both the target plant species and the surrounding habitat.

If anyone should notice harvesting of native plants happening in our river valley, please report any and every such incident in a prompt and detailed manner by either calling or e-mailing 311. Perhaps takes a photo of the activity as well.

Why is Gibbons Badlands Important?

Click on the file below to check out why the prairie deserves protection:
Gibbons Badlands Prairie.pdf
click to download

Lifetime ENPS Membership

You can now become an Edmonton Native Plant Society member for life.  Memberships are $20 and can be purchased by emailing EdmontonNPSociety@gmail.com or visit one of our booths at plant events in your area.
Edmonton Native Plant Society
Board Members:

President: Judith Golub
Past President: Cherry Dodd
Vice-president: Patsy Cotterill
Secretary: Kate Spencer
Treasurer: Trudy Haracsi
Membership: Vacant
Members:
Liz Deleeuw
Mary-Jo Flanagan-Gurba
Adrian Jones
Manna Parseyan
Barry Storeshaw

Board members may be reached at:
engedmonton@gmail.com

Where to see Wildflowers in and around Edmonton

"Within 50 km of Edmonton (and within the city of Edmonton itself), there are many sites that hide a treasure-trove of plants to view."
Lorna Allen, recently retired as Alberta Conservation Information Systems Coordinator and Senior Ecologist with Alberta Parks, compiled this list, complete with maps and directions, of where to find some of our local flora.
sites.pdf
click to download

Living With the Land - use of plants by the native people of Alberta

An out-of-print publication from the mid-70's by Alberta Culture. Compiled by Joan Kerik with Illustrations by Steve Fisher.
Unfortunately, the Index is upside-down, but a look at how our native plants were used before the explorers and settlers came.
Living With The Land Text.pdf
click to download

from Public Pastures - Public Interest...

Grasslands are the most endangered, the most altered and yet the least protected ecosystem on the planet. They contain more Species at Risk than any other region of the country.

The Community Pastures in Saskatchewan contain some of the largest, best managed and biodiverse rich blocks of remaining native grasslands in North America. A conservation network will not only protect our grasslands but support Canada's biodiversity Target 1 to protect 17% of all terrestrial areas and inland water.

Native Prairie - Manage it Today to Appreciate it Tomorrow

A workbook developed by ANPC's affiliate Prairie Conservation Action Committee and partners contains information and exercises on range health, range management, species at risk, invasive species and riparian areas. Available to all at http://www.pcap-sk.org/rsu_docs/documents/107210-PCAP-WORKBOOK_final-web.pdf. PCAP requests all users notify them at pcap@sasktel.net for their internal reporting purposes.

A list of common, sedges, grasses and rushes of the Edmonton area.

Graminoids.pdf
click to download

Recommended Reading - a book review by Patsy Cotterill

Nature in Fragments .pdf
click to download
Butterfly ID - The Edmonton and Area Land Trust has released a Butterfly Identification Guide to help visitors to EALT Conservation Lands identify common butterflies on their properties. 
This brochure aims to spark interest in butterfly species and conservation and outlines how you can help protect important butterfly habitat and where you can learn more.
The free brochure is available on the EALT website:  Butterfly_ID_Guide.pdf
New free
e-book!

Common Coulee Plants of Southern Alberta
John Bain, University of Lethbridge biology professor, and June Flanagan, Lethbridge botanist, author and photographer, teamed up to revise Job Kuijt’s popular guide to some of our most beautiful and interesting native prairie plants in this new full colour electronic edition.
Download your free copy and discover what’s blooming in southern Alberta this season!
Free download is made available by the University of Lethbridge Herbarium courtesy of the University of Lethbridge Library www.uleth.ca/dspace/handle/10133/3376

ENPG has a Facebook page

Events:

October 21 - Edmonton Nature Club Plant Study Group Annual Members Night - share your experiences with us, of plants, bugs-and-plants, mushrooms, places, poetry and other literature, whatever relevant you would like to share. All you great photographers and not-so-great photographers, don’t be shy. This is often the most fun night of the season! It is helpful if you let us know beforehand (nutmeg@planet.eon.net or taubeha@shaw.ca) that you intend to present, but last-minute “shows” will also be welcome.
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Location: The King's University, 9125 50 St NW
Admission: Everyone welcome

October 18, Friday - Edmonton Nature Club Speaker Program - Ed Struzik: Firestorm - Our understanding of the role fire plays in healthy forests has come a long way in the past century. Despite this, we are not prepared to deal with an escalation of fire during periods of intense drought and shorter winters, earlier springs, potentially more lightning strikes and hotter summers. There is too much fuel on the ground, too many people and assets to protect, and no plan in place to deal with these challenges.
In his presentation, Firestorm, journalist Edward Struzik will make the case for a radically different approach to managing wildfire in the 21st century. Wildfires can no longer be treated as avoidable events because the risk and dangers are becoming too great and costly.
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: The King's University, 9125 50 St NW
Admission: Everyone welcome! Admission by donation.

November 13, Wednesday - Nature Conservancy of Canada Nature Talks City of Life: Rediscovering Nature in Your Own Backyard - “In Canadian cities like ours, it can be easy to overlook the nature in our own backyards. Join us for an evening of conversation and insight from scientists, artists and thought leaders, to learn why rediscovering nature in our cities can change the quality of our urban lives and the future of biodiversity conservation across Canada.”
For more info and ticket purchase: www.natureconservancy.ca/en/what-you-can-do/events/naturetalks/naturetalks-edmonton.html
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm; presentation at 7:00 pm.
Location: Blatchford Air Hangar, Fort Edmonton Park


Having trouble telling one aster or goldenrod from the next?

Key to the Asters.pdf
click to download
Key to Goldenrods_1.pdf
click to download



... is a monthly e-newsletter sent out by ENPG, that focuses on gardening with native plants. There is a list of up-coming events, news, one or two articles, and a 'Wildflower of the Month' or 'Plant Family'.
Wildflower News - October 2019_2.pdf
click to download
Want to attract butterflies and bees to your garden? Here's a list of native plants adapted from Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies by The Xerces Society.
The book is available from the ENPG Library.
Native Plants for Bees and Butterflies handout.pdf
click to download
Pollen and Nectar Plants Table _1.pdf
click to download
You can also check out the different plants here, on our website.
We are also working on adding plants to the index.

ENPS activities

Here is a look at some of what we've done in the last couple of years - ENPG's take on an annual report!
ENPS 2018 Activities.pdf
click to download

The above are large files. It will say it can't be previewed, but wait for the 'open', where it can be opened in Preview or downloaded.

Ignore the "Dropbox Sign in..." and be patient. It is a LARGE file!

ENPG 2014 activities.pdf
click to download
ENG 2013 activities.pdf
click to download
ENG 2012 Activities.pdf
click to download

Library

ENG has a number of books, magazines and other publications on native plants and related subjects that are available for borrowing.

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