Spring Riparian Planting Program Complete

June 8th, ATCO Planting on West Nose Creek

On June 8th, of this spring, the final spring riparian planting was completed on West Nose Creek in the City of Calgary. A total of 12 volunteers from ATCO planted 500 native willow plants along the stream banks of West Nose in a matter of a few hours of volunteer time. 400 plants were provided by ATCO and another 100 by Bow Valley Habitat Development for the event.

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left: Volunteers from ATCO pose behind the 500 native willow plants at the start of the June 8th planting event on West Nose Creek. It only took a few hours of hard work to plant the native crop into a soft – moist soil along the edge of the stream. This is the fifth year that ATCO has participated in the riparian recovery program.

ATCO got involved with the riparian recovery program that Bow Valley Habitat Development organized, back in 2013, when they completed their first planting on Bighill Creek in the Town of Cochrane. They have always provided a great planting team of volunteers for our riparian recovery program and it is my hope that this will continue into the future.

The planting was part of the ATCO “Day of Caring” annual event. The planting was also part of the “Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program”. Bow Valley Habitat Development has more planting planned for the fall of 2017. So far this year, we have planted a total of 7,730 native willow and tree plants on Bighill Creek, Nose Creek and West Nose Creek.

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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