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

May 30, June 6 and 13, 2020 - Distribution of butterfly plants

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
at GDDPC, 4585 route 134 in Cocagne (map here)
Plants to give (milkweed / milkweed)
To help the Monarch butterfly.

June 13, 2020 - Wildlife at night outing (frogs, birds and more)

Details to come
With Roland Chiasson
At the Cocagne Trail
Please bring a mask, as we cannot guarantee 2m of distance all the time.
If you want, bring a flashlight and mosquito repellent.

June 21, 2020 - Easy Spring Dyes Workshop - Cocagne Country colors

1 to 4 p.m.
At the Marcel Goguen farm, 475 ch. Cocagne Sud in Cocagne
Experiment with us how to use the plants available in spring and create easy natural dyes.
With Marie-Claude Hébert and Bernadette Goguen
Please reserve with the GDDPC by June 15 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by tel. 576-8247
Registration is $ 20 and you can pay at the door or by e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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