Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
The Cocagne Community Centre is an important meeting place for the residents of Cocagne. The health of natural areas contributes to the wellbeing of the residents and the fauna who frequent the site. It is an ideal place for a sustainable development project that demonstrates the importance of finding a balance between recreational use and ecosystem health. The “Ecological Landscaping at the Cocagne Community Centre” project demonstrates restoration techniques to bring back natural habitats in 3 distinct areas.

Natural breakwater

By planting native shrubs (ex. holly and bayberry) and grasses (spartina) that can tolerate coastal conditions such as wind and sea spray, our restoration efforts will help prevent soil erosion on the breakwater. By preserving a natural border of wild plants and guiding access to the beach, we are helping to preserve the natural features along the river shoreline. A plover nested along the high bank near the beach that was created by the addition of the breakwater.


Plage 1              Brise lame platebande planté


Reforestation

With the help of community volunteers, we planted a variety of native trees that are tolerant to damp conditions (cedar, maple) in the low-lying areas of the once wooded area. By planting native trees we are creating shelter for birds and insects. During a community worker bee, which included the mayor and two councilors from the Communauté Rurale de Cocagne, we created a rest spot near the arena in an area where large maple trees were dying. We cut these back and created nooks and gashes in the standing timbers to create hollows in which birds can nest. We planted native shrubs for shelter and food for birds (highbush cranberry and serviceberry.)


Boisé automne 1                       Zone de repos


Natural ditch

We are conserving a natural border of 10 meters along the ditch by not mowing the grass, which will help to control sedimentation while providing habitat for butterflies and other pollinating insects. In partnership with the SEAA, we planted over 40 native shrubs (ex. red osier dogwood, roses) next to the ditch, to enhance the diversity of flora and attract fauna to the site.Thanks to the investigative work of one of our trusting volunteers Louis-Emile Cormier, two rare species of NB wildflowers (Nodding ladies tresses and Slender False Foxglove; comm. David Mazzerole) are growing in these newly naturalized areas.

Plate bande en travaill                                       Canal automne1

Upcoming activities

November 25th: Cocagne 250th Closing ceremonies

Club du Village - 7:00 pm

To end the year in style, we will present you a recap of Year 2017 in pictures and anecdotes. The official closure of the 250th celebrations will be pronounced by Cocagne 250 President, Mr. Jean Gauvin, and we will complete the evening with a big thank you party for our volunteers, who made these celebrations possible.

Free admission
Info : 506 576-2202, www.cocagne.ca

November 29th: Environmental Changes: The Story of our Communities: ARTisticc Project Results' Presentation

(Adaptation Research : a Trans-disciplinary, Transitional Community and policy-centred approach to Climate Change)
Centre 50 de Cocagne - 6:30 PM

Following this summer's ARTisticc project meeting of international delegates in Cocagne, a public presentation will be held Wednesday, November 29th, to share some of the results of the project.

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures