2018 Riparian Planting Season is Well Underway

Volunteers Dig In

This past month has been a busy one for both volunteer planting and other spring stream activities. Recently, volunteers from CW Perry Middle School and Friends of Nose Creek all chipped in to help plant hundreds of native willow and tree plants along Nose Creek and West Nose Creek. So far, we have approximately 6,500 plants in the stream banks. This makes the 2018 Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program another super success story for its fifth year now.

The Friends of Nose Creek put in a couple of days of planting on the 12th and 13th of May.

The conditions for planting this May have been outstanding, with plenty of moisture in the ground along the streams. A few good rains were very helpful in our program. It was a lot of fun having the school group from the City of Airdrie out to do another planting this spring. The kids really did a find job and they seem to have a real keen interest in our program and the long term benefits yet to be realized.

The school group takes a minute from their planting to pose for the cameras.

As you can see from the photo above, the Nose Creek really needs a make over. There are no mature willows and trees along the stretch that we have been planting on. This will change in future years to come. The kids will witness the largest transformation of Nose Creek during their lifetimes. Hopefully for the better.

 

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!
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