2018 Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program – Update

Off to a Great Start for 2018

It is now March and Bow Valley Habitat Development has already confirmed enough partnership support to plant 9,000 native willows and trees along the stream banks of our three local streams. Bighill Creek, West Nose Creek and Nose Creek will all receive new plantings this spring over a two month period in May and June. This is great news for the fifth year of the riparian restoration program.

March is a very good month for me personally. I have already confirmed a new trout hatch on Millennium Creek and I am suspecting the same on Ranch House Spring Creek and the Upper Spring Creek over the next few months. It is also a time when I can confirm how large the riparian planting program will be for the year. All of this positive news gets me motivated for another year of work on our local streams.

Another year of planting along the water’s edge will result in over 9,000 native plants that will help stabilize the stream banks and provide shade and habitat for both fish and wildlife. The plants will be small for the first few years, but after 5 or 6 years of growth, they will stand out on the landscape of the streams in the program.

Presently, most plantings take place on areas of the streams that are now void of any native willows and trees. This new crop of plants will make a huge difference in both the health and appearance of the creeks in the future. It is a worthwhile endeavor.

Bow Valley Habitat Development is looking forward to another good year of volunteer support to carry out the work load in this program. There are already a few solid commitments from both school and NGO organizations in place, plus the corporate groups that chip in to plant willows and trees. For volunteers, it is a perfect opportunity to make a big difference in only a few hours of work time. This has resulted in tens of thousands of native willows and trees being planted already, over the past few years of work.

The March 2018 Issue of Stream Tender Magazine

The March 2018 issue of the magazine is now on the internet. It is a free publication, so please check it out. You can reach the site at this link: http://magazine.streamtender.com There are regular updates to the riparian work and also articles on the local fishery that you may find interesting. Recently, BVHD has also added articles on fly tying and other stuff to make the magazine more attractive to fly fishers, whom are major stakeholders for our local trout waters. You can also see who our partnership group is for this program.

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 30 years!
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