New Issue of Magazine
I just recently uploaded the June issue of Stream Tender Magazine. Hopefully, you will check this publication out for the latest news and updates. The magazine is formatted to be viewed on a computer screen, so keep this in mind.
Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program Update
So far this spring, the total number of native willows and trees planted is 7,230, which is a great start to this year’s BVRR&E Program. There are more plantings in both June and later on this fall, which will bring the total to over 8,000 plants. Another great year.
Recently, I visited West Nose Creek to see how the plants from the first week of May’s planting are doing. I am happy to report that the survival rate is high so far, with limited rodent damage. It has been a good spring for plantings so far, with plenty of moisture in the ground along the area streams.
While inspecting this year’s plantings, I also stopped off at last years sites. Despite a major flood in July on West Nose Creek, there are still a good portion of last year’s plants that are doing well. Dealing with floods and rodent damage is part of the program, so seeing survival numbers in some planting locations high is very rewarding.
This is one of the plants that was planted three weeks earlier on West Nose Creek. The willow plant is off to a good start for this year’s growing season.
There are three plants in this photo, from last year’s planting on West Nose Creek. Later on this summer they will be hidden in the tall shoreline grasses, but right now they stand out. Some will be grazed upon by rodents such as muskrats, when the plants are still this small.
Stream Bank Stabilization Sites on West Nose Creek
As of this year’s planting program, there are over 100 stream bank stabilization sites on West Nose Creek. This spring some major erosion sites were planted with the first treatment of native willows. Due to the high flow events on this stream, during heavy rainfalls in the spring and summer, the first plantings were done high on the banks.
This eroding stream bank has its first planting of native willows, high above the waterline. Hopefully, these new plants will stabilize this stream bank over time.
This close up photo shows the first planting treatment on the eroding stream bank on West Nose Creek. The root systems of these plants will help to hold the exposed soil on the bank in place, over time.