Fernie: Volunteers Wanted at Lizard Creek Oct. 17 & 19, 2016

Volunteers Wanted for Planting at Lizard Creek, Fernie

The Elk River Alliance is offering a great opportunity to help the environment near Fernie on October 17, and 19, 2016 The Lizard Creek Enhancement Project will help stabilize the stream bank, reduce future erosion, increase both shading and water quality and improve habitat for threatened Westslope Cutthroat and Bull Trout. And they want your help for this fun work!

In 2014, the FWCP funded the Elk River Alliance’s Lizard Creek Riparian Restoration Pilot Project to restore a severely eroded river bank on Lizard Creek. The volunteer planting work this week is also being supported by the FWCP through its Community Engagement Grant.

The work will involve removing an existing jute liner, planting live cuttings between existing brush layers, planting plugs, placing top soil and spreading native grass seed to encourage further vegetative growth. It will be done over the course of two days so the cuttings have more than 24 hours to soak so they have the best chance of growing next spring.

Day 1, October 17: Learn about the project and begin the first stage by taking plant cuttings and soaking them over night (between 2 and 4 hours)

Day 2, October 19 : Cuttings will be tied in bundles (called fascines), and then planted in small trenches dug into the slope (between 3 and 5 hours). Lunch will be provided.

Both mornings, the volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Wildsight office in Fernie (891 2nd Avenue). Dress in warm, comfortable clothing ready for the seasonal Fernie weather. Bring water, snacks for yourself  and a big smile as you learn about and take part in a cool project! If you have gloves, pruners or loppers (for the 17th), and shovels (for the 19th), bring them along.

Anyone interested must RSVP to Beth Millions at beth@elkriveralliance.ca.


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