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Riparian Restorations Coming to Turner Valley August 2015

Our next round of restos will take place in Turner Valley between August 15th and 31st. We will return to the same site for three days (August 21st, 22nd and 29th) and have a brief classroom component in the morning. by the end if the day we will have tried at least two restoration methods, and we will produce a summary report shortly after (watch for the 2014 summary report coming June 2015).

Riparian RestorationThese workshops will have a classroom component with Cows and Fish riparian specialists, after which we will head to the field to experiment with different riparian management techniques including willow staking, wattle fencing, even building a living wall with FlexMSE. In the field we will conduct a brief riparian habitat assessment and BBQ lunch will be provided.

These workshops (3) will take place in the field and there will be heavy lifting. At 9:00 am we will meet at the the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley and travel to the worksite. The workshop will begin by Cows and Fish leading the group through a Riparian Health Checklist and a fish habitat assessment with Streamworks Environmental. We will experiment with FlexMSE geotextiles as a substrate for willow propagation along 16 m2 of shoreline. Along the remaining 64 m2 we will use willow staking techniques with propagated plugs and mixed seed. Lunch is provided.

Register for Riparian Enhancement Workshops:
Friday August 21st, 2015 | Saturday August 22nd, 2015 | Saturday August 29th, 2015

About the Riparian Restoration Program

Our resources for watershed sustainability are designed to facilitate capacity building, professional development, policy and planning, and mobilization of best available technologies. Sustainability Resources has designed Riparian Restoration Field Workshops to build community capacity for watershed management.

The Riparian Restoration Program is supported in policy by Part 3, Divisions 1 and 5 of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA). Division 1 states research and development, including pilot projects, of conservation stewardship will be supported and Division 5 enables the application of conservation offsets as a conservation and stewardship tool. Biodiversity and habitat offsets remain an important component for mitigating anthropogenic impacts to aquatic systems. Fisheries Protection Provisions in the 2012 revisions to the Fisheries Act (section 6.1) have deemed habitat and biodiversity offsets as a key component of Canada’s fisheries regulation. When habitat that is deemed vital for commercial, recreational or Aboriginal (CRA) fisheries, is destroyed; habitat/biodiversity offsets are required to ensure No Net Loss in fisheries productivity. It is unclear as of yet which offsetting strategies will provide sustainability and ongoing productivity of CRA fisheries and proponents are given little guidance on offset site selection and must consult with environmental professionals to select offset locations.

About Riparian Restoration & Habitat Conservation

The primary objective of this program is to conduct well-informed restoration activities and build the capacity of decision makers to implement best available practices for improving watershed quality. Sustainability Resources is known for providing quality learning experiences to support community sustainability and resource management. We are pleased to lead the coordination of the Riparian Restoration Program with partners in government, ENGOs, industry, and especially the community.

In August 2014 Sustainability Resources hosted their first Riparian Restoration workshop in Black Diamond, engaging 30 individuals and restoring 70 m2 of damaged shoreline by planting 600 willow saplings. The Riparian Restoration Program aligns the mutually reinforcing activities of its partners that are related to habitat restoration, to ensure their greatest collective impact. Many key partnerships have been formed, such as that with Cows and Fish or Bow Point Nursery. New partnerships are being developed with local educators to meet the curriculum objectives of secondary school teachers and inform students of potential career paths.

Source Sustainability Resources

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