August 2017 – Riparian Planting Report

Great Growing Season Along the Creeks

This past week I visited a few planting sites on both Nose Creek, West Nose Creek and Bighill Creek to see how the plants from previous riparian plantings were doing in the dry weather. It has been a dry summer, but getting the rain at the right time this spring made all the difference in survival for this year’s planting program.

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The native willows and trees from this year’s planting and from a few previous years are growing great. During the hot summer days the nights are generally cool enough that there is a good coating of morning dew on the grass and willows along the stream’s edge. This moisture helps maintain a damp soil at ground level and this sustains growth. The plants that we planted are also in the capillary fringe, so wet soil from the water in the creeks keeps them growing during the dry weather.

The forecast is for some rain in the next few days, so as always, I hope that it comes at this time of the month. If so, the willows and trees should make it thru our drought, in good shape for the fall. I will keep you posted.

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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