Kanata North Regeneration Stewards

The Kanata North Regeneration Stewards (KN Regens) are multiethnic, multiracial, intergenerational, and neurodiverse volunteers with the goal of restoring biodiversity, while bridging connections that improve our community’s social and ecological well-being through community-led stewardship.

As a committee of the Ottawa Stewardship Council, KN Regens provide leadership in developing and implementing regeneration activities.

Create thriving and vibrant native wildflower and meadow habitat throughout the Morgan’s Grant Right-of-Way (owned by the City of Ottawa), that enriches local biodiversity, benefits the many native pollinating species, limits invasive and noxious weeds and helps improve the health and quality of life for people. Build community cohesion by working together with all our neighbours within a high activity urban greenspace, creating a welcoming landscape to all who visit. Sow seeds of diversity literally and figuratively. Restore, engage, regenerate, inclusively.

Morgan's Grant hydro corridor in Kanata North, Ottawa.
Morgan’s Grant right-of-way in Kanata North.
Bee hotel in Morgan's Grant hydro corridor, made by the Ottawa Stewardship Council.
Bee hotel in Morgan’s Grant hydro corridor, made by the Ottawa Stewardship Council.

KN Regens are slowly transforming sections of noxious weeds and invasive plant species into wonderfully rich mini-meadows, filled with colourful native wildflowers for bees, butterflies, and people to enjoy in the Morgan’s Grant Right-of-Way. A small (but expanding) pollinator patch now sits at the entrance to the Kanata North Community Garden just north of Klondike Rd. The new much larger Kanata North Pollinator Patch is in progress just south of Klondike at Abbeydale Circle.

Knowing that we depend on pollinators for 1 out of every 3 bites of food, concerned and engaged citizens are trying to do our part to help support them. Being aware that young people feel betrayed and abandoned by adults for inaction on climate and other ecological crises, we hope to model what it looks like to take global problems seriously, through local solutions.

Pollinator habitat restoration projects began in the Morgan’s Grant Right-of-Way in 2017, when Hydro One cleared and reseeded much of the area between Terry Fox to just North of Brady with native wildflowers and grasses designed to choke out invasive species like toxic Wild Parsnip; as part of its required infrastructure maintenance program.

Pollinators have been on a steep decline for decades. Multiple threats including habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change are largely to blame. Large scale immediate changes to land use are necessary to reverse this trend. A host of ecological and economic benefits derive from creating and enhancing pollinator habitat.

Urban meadows are healthy greenspaces full of self-sustaining native plants and grasses that provide habitat for pollinators and help us fight climate change. Pollinators are crucial for maintaining healthy ecosystems and our food web. Plants need them for reproduction, and we need pollinators to help plants make food for us.

Urban meadows help cool the environment and sink carbon. Deep-rooted native perennials also slow and absorb stormwater while filtering and improving water quality. Aside from these bonuses, the vibrant and rich beauty of meadow landscapes positively impact our own well-being. Studies show that being in nature helps to improve our moods and regulate our nervous systems, among other wonderful things.

In time, the KN Regens hope to build a welcoming landscape for pollinators and people: a Kanata North Pollinator Pathway.

For more details please visit the KN Regens project website.