Primer For Willow Planting Event on West Nose Creek

The Fall 2017 Planting Event

Bow Valley Habitat Development has partnered up with Evergreen Canada and HSBC to complete a fall riparian planting event on West Nose Creek. The planting will take place on Saturday, October 14th, starting at 9:00 AM. The planting is part of the Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program and Evergreen’s “Uncover Your Creeks Program”. If you live in or near Calgary, Alberta, and you would like to participate, please email me at: for maps and details. Below is a primer to familiarize you with the methodology used in this planting event.

How the Planting is Carried out

The system of riparian planting that will be used for the October planting event is called push planting. It involves the careful handling and planting of willow and tree cuttings that have been grown until there is both root and top development. The cuttings are handled below the transition spot between the top growth and the root systems, when they are removed from the bundles. Then, handling only the area where the roots are developed, you push the cutting into the soft ground along the water’s edge.

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The plants are carefully removed from the bundles and placed in planting bags. Handling the cuttings below the top growth. Avoid touching the leaves and branches at the top of the cutting.


Grasping the cutting on the rooted area will not hurt the plant. The root systems are already started and they will continue to grow if they are sheared off when pushed into the soft – moist ground, along the water’s edge.

The soil is tamped around the stalk of the cutting after it is pushed into the ground. You can use your hands and then finish off with your feet, to tamp the soil. The planting goes really fast using this method.


The event will include an educational talk on why the program is being done and the long term benefits to the stream’s riparian eco-system. This event should be good fun and I hope that you will join us if you are interested. Kids over the age of 8 years old can participate in this planting, but they need to be closely supervised by parents. I will be capping the attendance at 100 volunteers, so please contact me ASAP to insure a spot on the team.

The September issue of “Stream Tender Magazine” is now available to view. There is a link on the cover page and in the top index.

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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