Author Archives: Guy Woods

About Guy Woods

I am Director of Bow Valley Habitat Development, based in the Town of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. I love to fly fish and it is this past time that prompted me to get involved in the field of riparian and fish habitat enhancement. I have been working in this pursuit for over 30 years!

Expecting A Good Run-off and Stream Cleaning

Lots of Snow Means High Spring Flows It is mid-February and already we have a good base of snow developing in the Bow Valley Corridor. If this continues and we have enough cold weather to maintain the snow pack until … Continue reading

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Willows and New Trout – A Good Start to the New Year

Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program 2018 The 2018 riparian planting program is off to a super good start, so far this year. We already have enough partnership support for the planting of over 7,100 native willows and trees, … Continue reading

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Getting Close to Xmas and the New Year

This morning, while plucking my computer keys, I checked the date to confirm the day and thought it is now getting close to Xmas and the New Year.¬†Wow, how time flies these days! Only a few more weeks till the … Continue reading

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December Ice Locks in Native Willow and Tree Plants

Along The Streams The ice came early this late fall, to our local small streams. One thing that did stand out this fall was that there was not as much anchor ice as there usually is on Bighill Creek. I … Continue reading

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Spawning Numbers Down on Bighill Creek

Low Summer Flows May Have Been The Reason During the hot and dry summer months the Bighill Creek ran low this year. The lack of rain kept the stream trout populations left with little habitat to retreat to, during limited … Continue reading

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2017 Riparian Planting Program Complete

2017 Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program This past Saturday, the 2017 riparian planting program was completed for this year. The final planting was made on West Nose Creek, Calgary, when a small group of volunteers planted the final … Continue reading

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Hot, Dry Summer – Hard on Willows and Trees

The Dry Spell is Over – Hopefully This has been a long hot and dry summer, which has been hard on both our willows and trees that we have planting in recent years. Fortunately, yesterday evening, our first rains have … Continue reading

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Primer For Willow Planting Event on West Nose Creek

The Fall 2017 Planting Event Bow Valley Habitat Development has partnered up with Evergreen Canada and HSBC to complete a fall riparian planting event on West Nose Creek. The planting will take place on Saturday, October 14th, starting at 9:00 … Continue reading

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August 2017 – Riparian Planting Report

Great Growing Season Along the Creeks This past week I visited a few planting sites on both Nose Creek, West Nose Creek and Bighill Creek to see how the plants from previous riparian plantings were doing in the dry weather. … Continue reading

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Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program – July 2017 Update

Great Growing Season – So Far. Here it is, mid-July has past and the growing season draws to an end. The good news is that our crop of native willows and trees are in great shape at this point in … Continue reading

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