In September 2021, we held another bio-engineering workshop led by bio-engineering specialist Dave Polster. Despite challenges with the COVID-19 situation, we were able to successfully run the workshop.


In collaboration with Trout Unlimited several restoration sites were prepared so that attendees of the two-day workshop were able to put the restoation techniques they learned about during th eclassroom session to work in the field, restoring critical fish habitat along a tributary to Waiparous Creek in the Ghost Watershed.


The Waiparous Creek sub-basin of the Ghost Watershed is home to some of the few remaining pure Westslope Cutthroat Trout populations in Alberta. These fish thrive in cold and clean water and they are sensitive to sediment being washed into streams. 


A big Thank You to all the volunteers who came out on a beautiful Saturday to plant the willows! We got so many willows planted that day and are looking forward to seeing them grow next year.


Many thanks also to the Alberta Conservation Assocaition, Trout Unlimited Canada and Cows and Fish for their support of this workshop.


Photo credits: K. Hull, B. Miller, M. Krainer

Bio-engineering workshop 2021

Looking at last year's site.
Looking at last year's site.
Willows growing at last year's site
Willows growing at last year's site
Harvesting willows
Harvesting willows
Harvested willow stems
Harvested willow stems
Making a plan for the new site
Making a plan for the new site
Planting willows
Planting willows
Planting willows
Planting willows
Planting willows
Planting willows
Learning how to build a wattle fence
Learning how to build a wattle fence
Planting willows on the far side of the stream
Planting willows on the far side of the stream
Building a wattle fence
Building a wattle fence
Getting ready for a break
Getting ready for a break
Wattle fence
Wattle fence
Looking upslope
Looking upslope
A happy group of volunteers
A happy group of volunteers

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