2019 Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program – Now Completed

Over 11,000 New Native Plants For The 2019 Program – Are Now In The Ground On Bighill, West Nose and Nose Creeks!

The last native plant was planted on June 1st, completing this spring’s riparian planting program. It was a good spring for planting, with enough moisture in the ground over the month of May, to ensure a good survival rate for our crop of new native willows and trees.

Left: The new plants that were grown from cuttings, will grow over the summer and add to the previous crops of native plants that have been planted along the stream banks on Bighill Creek, West Nose Creek, and Nose Creek. Most are planted right next to the water’s edge, but some are also planted further back from the stream bank. All of the new plants will benefit the health of the stream’s riparian eco-system. A slow transformation is taking place on these streams!

Above: This native willow plant was planted in 2015 and it is now providing some overhead cover for the stream’s trout population. The willow will continue to grow out and over the stream’s surface in future years, helping to constrict flow and increase the velocity of flow in the stream channel.

Above: These native willows were planted on an eroding stream bank in the year 2014. the willows have stabilized the erosion site and now provide great overhead cover for the resident trout in the pool habitat. There are many sites just like this one that have been collectively planted over the years, under the ongoing “Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program”.

It feels pretty good to be part of this riparian planting program, and BVHD would like to thank the partners for this year’s planting program:

Inter Pipeline – Shell Canada  – City of Calgary – City of Airdrie – Cochrane Foundation – Town of Cochrane – Harmony Developments

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 40 years!
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