Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program 2017 – May 21st Update

2017 Program Underway

The 2017 BVRR&E Program is well underway, with good numbers of native willows and trees in the ground so far. The planting program started in the first week of May and conditions for planting have been really good, with moist ground along the stream banks making the soil ideal for planting the new plants.

As of today, May 21st, there are 5,800 plants planted along the stream banks of Nose Creek, West Nose Creek and Bighill Creek. Most of the planting over the past 3 years has occurred on Bighill Creek’s limited planting area of approximately 1.7 kilometres of stream bank, with a number of bank stabilization sites added on to this length of channel. Because of this intensive planting on the Bighill Creek, the multiple plantings are showing the best results.

DSCF1507 cropped and enhancedAbove: Willows from previous plantings are standing out along the stream banks of Bighill Creek these days. The multiple plantings on the BH Creek in recent years has resulted in the most obvious recovery in the riparian zone, especially along the water’s edge.

On Nose Creek and West Nose Creek, new lengths of stream channel are getting the first planting, so the recovery of the riparian zone will take longer to be recognized, but it will happen over time. The Bighill Creek planting program is getting close to being completed, so you can expect more photo evidence of this in future publications of this blog and the Stream Tender Magazine. I look forward to showing you some good before and after photos in the near future.

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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