The Big Chill

This week has been harsh, weather wise. Temperatures have dropped down to minus 30 C and colder during the night. It has been a good time to work on the 2020 Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program. So far, we are looking pretty good for this spring. I will know more by March, on how big the program will be this year. However, I can guarantee that it will be productive.

Right now, while the severe weather makes everything outside an adventure, I will continue with getting the 2020 planting program off to a good start, by organizing some more partnership involvement. I know there are a few school groups that will be helping out this spring, so it is up to me to make sure they have a project to look forward to. They already have, so this is great!

The summer holds promise of a few tasks to perform, and one of these is to do some more photo documentation of our planting sites. A little video will also be on the agenda. Recently, DFO got in touch with me to get some update info for a survey that they are compiling on our program, of which they are a participant, and they want to complete some follow up. So any additional media coverage for our planting program is also good for spreading the word.

The highlight of this year will be to inspect and take a few photos of some of our first plantings that we have completed a number of years ago. Some areas should be pretty impressive, with plantings that are now standing out on the stream channel. What I really enjoy, is seeing how our plants have created trout and other fish habitat, not to mention, the eventual wildlife habitat that will result from our efforts.

These willows were planted as part of the 2015 Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program. They are now starting to hide part of the Bighill Creek, in areas. You can envision what they will look like with a few more years of growth.

There is a good chance that “Friends of the Nose Creek” group will be involved in another planting this spring. They expressed interest in a recent email, so we will be in touch later on this winter. The watershed group completed a planting with BVHD in 2018, on West Nose Creek, and if we do another planting this spring, it will take place in the same area, so that the members can observe their previous accomplishments.

Watershed groups are becoming more popular these days, with their efforts concentrating on one particular stream system. This is the best approach for a grass roots effort. It is surprising how many people have an interest in contributing to some local worthwhile efforts to conserve and protect their area streams, and the remnant ecosystem that is still hanging on, in many cases. These folks like to get their hands dirty and make a real difference. The friends of Nose Creek have done a great job of cleaning up many areas of the Nose Creek, in the City of Calgary.

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