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Piper Creek Riparian Restoration Workdays
Wed, 6 Apr 2016, 10:00 AM – Sun, 17 Apr 2016, 3:30 PM MDT
The Piper Creek Fish Habitat Restoration Project is a multiple year project funded by the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) aiming to improve riparian and aquatic health in Piper Creek, a small tributary of Wascasoo Creek in the Red Deer River Watershed. Piper Creek flows through agricultural farmland and through the southern portion of the City of Red Deer between 40th ave and 50th ave before meeting Wascasoo Creek near the Greyhound station downtown. Piper Creek has been affected by various land uses such as urbanization and agriculture, which have left some of it's riparian areas in a state of poor health. In order to improve riparian health, Trout Unlimited Canada, ReThink Red Deer, Cows and Fish, the City of Red Deer, and members of the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project (https://www.facebook.com/pipercreekrestorationagriculture) have partnered to improve conditions along piper creek within the PCRA Project site.
This spring, Trout Unlimited Canada will be hosting two riparian restoration workdays (details below), one to collect plant material, and another to plant these materials along the creek in key areas. Additional workdays during the summer and fall will see more planting along the creek, and the removal of an unused stream crossing which is negatively affecting aquatic habitat upstream.
The two spring workdays are as follows:
Wednesday April 6th: Plant Harvesting Workday
Oxbows Off-Leash Dog Park
10am to 2pm
- Volunteers will help TUC and project partners collect live cuttings of Willow, Poplar, and Dogwood for planting along Piper Creek
- Cuttings will be bundled in groups of 50 and loaded into the TUC truck for transport to the site
- Cuttings will be transported to the Piper Creek site at the end of the day and placed in the creek upstream of the “crossing” to soak until planting
Sunday April 17th: Planting Workday
Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project Site
10am to 2pm
- Volunteers will work in two crews;
- Planting Crew will be installing live stakes along Piper Creek in degraded riparian areas
- Monitoring Crew will be installing HOBO data loggers in 100m intervals along the creek, and 2 loggers to monitor air temperature on the project site
WHERE TO MEET
See the map here to view meeting locations on Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zZOR_lFvLloQ.kRvgXnq1_INw&usp=sharing
WHAT TO BRING
TUC will provide:
- Tools for harvesting cuttings and riparian restoration
- Hot Chocolate
- Sandwiches for both workdays
Volunteers should bring:
- Sturdy close-toed footwear that can get wet and dirty
- Water bottle and re-usable mug for hot chocolate
- Weather appropriate clothing that can get dirty
- Sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen
- Camera (if you'd like)
- Extra snacks just in case (it's hard work!)
Please register for the workdays you would like to attend by choosing a ticket below, each ticket is free and is for one of the events.
In order to allow the most opportunity for others to participate, if you cannot attend please make sure to cancel your ticket prior to the event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, you do not need to bring your printed ticket to these events
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Elliot Lindsay, Project Biologist at Trout Unlimited Canada