The Cochrane District Master Gardeners are involved with the Milweed Corridor being created between Timmins and Smooth Rock Falls. We hope this corridor of native Asclepias (milkweed) will entice Monarch Butterflies to fly north and lay eggs, helping to increase their numbers.
In the last few years, no Monarch butterflies have been seen in the area. It takes large stands of milkweed to encourage the female Monarchs to fly north.
Mark Joron, of the Timmins Naturalists, came up with the idea of growing Milkweed in Timmins and the surrounding area, and he started planting in 2015.
With the CDMGs help, and Mark's volunteers in Timmins, we are planting native Asclepias (syriaca and incarnata), along Hwy 655, the train tracks, and along the edge of the Mattagami River; creating corridors for Monarchs to fly between the two communities. The first 100 plants were planted in Smooth Rock Falls in 2016.