2017 June Riparian Planting Update

Native Plants are Growing Fast

This year, we have experienced great growing conditions in our area. The ground along the stream banks has maintained good moisture since our first plantings in early May this spring. If we don’t get any significant floods on the local streams, the riparian plantings on Bighill Creek, West Nose Creek and Nose Creek should fair well. The lush growth along the streams has also distracted rodent populations from focusing on our new native willows and trees thus far.

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Left: This willow plant was planted in the first week of May this spring. The photo was taken in the third week of June, so you can see the plants are doing well this early in the season. Good growth by the fall will help insure high survival rates for the entire crop of native willows and trees.

The plant in the photo is one of many planted on West Nose Creek, in the City of Calgary. Over 4,000 plants will be planted on this stream in 2017, so it is another great year.                                                                                           

In total, there will be over 8,000 native willows and trees planted this season. The distance of stream bank planted will be approximately over 7 kilometres on all three streams in the program. The riparian plantings are part of the “Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program”. The program is an ongoing riparian recovery project carried out by Bow Valley Habitat Development and its many partners.

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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