Mar. 24, 22
The Jumpingpound Creek Riparian Recovery
Every picture tells a story, and this one is full of information, if you are willing to look at it in a different way. This photo exemplifies stream bank fencing, stream bank erosion control and riparian recovery, which are all linked together.
The site is on the Wineglass Ranch and the rewards are on the way! As you can see in the photo, the stream bank is fenced, the erosion is on its way to being eliminated and the new view that you will be experiencing on this website, will reveal the results over the years, along with some video here and there.
The partnership with the Cows and Fish Program have produced the results intended, a post flood recovery. Yes, the new growth is all a post flood result of natural stream recovery, now underway. Unlike the other smaller streams that we have planted on, the JP Creek needs floods to bring it back to life. All the ranchers have to do is protect the creek by using modern pasture management techniques, and a lot of hard work that goes along with it.
It is my hope that if the willow stands can make it thru a few more springs and winters, without being excavated by high flows or moving ice jams that can scour a stream bank clean, they will get a good root network established.
Once you get a good crop established, constant suckering of roots can ensure survival of a riparian crop, if drought doesn’t hit our land, like it has in the past. Right now, we are in a very positive transition in growth in our area, with stably enough precipitation to maintain good growth and new recruitment of native woody plants.
The photo shows a very long eroded stream bank on the left side of the stream channel. Once the willows are established at the toe of the slope, the bank will and is starting to stabilize and in the next few years we should witness a real difference on this site.
Right now, the snow and ice background, makes the new willow and tree growth more evident. This particular site is a newer recovery site. There are others that were starting to recover earlier on, but this newest growth shown in the photo is the most exciting for me, because it will cover the greatest area along the stream. I am talking about channel kilometres.
Thanks to the families of the Wineglass ranch, we can see something really positive occurring right next door to our community and now actually part of the community, due to geographic encroachment. It is nice to see our ranching heritage preserved and so close. These ranches preserve the natural beauty of the countryside, which is really important to me personally. The wide-open spaces kind of feeling you get, is remarkable, after living thru a covid shut down for so long.