Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project Field Days

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Field Days for the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project including a workshop on Holistic Management of Noxious Weeds: Natural Mowing, Cover Cropping, and Intensive Mulching

ReThink Red Deer and supporting organizations have secured funds from Environment Canada's Environmental Damages fund to restore a roughly 25-acre section of Piper Creek immediately south of the City of Red Deer Landfill.

Over the course of five years, the “Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project” will repair and
improve the historical impacts on an important riparian and agricultural area in the Red Deer River
watershed by regenerating and enhancing Red Deerians' understanding of, and relationship with, the
natural world.

“This project approaches the restoration of an important ecology and historical site in an integrated
way. The neighbouring land uses - landfill and industrial park - have direct impact on the ecosystem
health of the project site and we can work together to manage these uses in a sustainable way.”, says
Kathy Parsons, President of ReThink Red Deer.

Project partner Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society) will complete three
“Riparian Health Inventories” (RHI) over the course of the five-year project to collect comprehensive
information about the structure and function of the vegetation, soil, and hydrology within the project

According to Cows & Fish Range and Riparian Specialist, Kathryn Hull, “By repeating the riparian
health inventory in years three and five we will have a means to monitor the level of impact of the
restoration efforts along Piper Creek.” This includes photographic monitoring to capture visual
changes to riparian parameters such as reduced invasive weed cover and improved native tree and
shrub cover. Comprehensive pre- and post-monitoring is a key part of understanding the effectiveness
of proposed restoration and riparian management plans.

Among the project partners are The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance, The Red Deer River
Naturalists, The Waskasoo Environmental Education Society, Alberta Food Matters, the Canadian
Association for Rainwater Management - Prairie Chapter, Red Deer County, and The City of Red Deer
as landowner holding observer status.

On October 16 & 17, the project Steering Committee will host its first set of Field Days to share the
initial results of the first RHI conducted on September 3 of this year, deliver an invasive weed
management workshop, and draft the riparian restoration plan for the site. The riparian restoration plan
will then be used in a spring (2015) set of Field Days to inform a “restoration agriculture” plan for the
site that will establish a perennial food system (aka “food forest”) that complements the existing
community garden plots successfully operating there.

A media opportunity and site tour will be hosted on the morning of October 17 at the Piper Creek Site
(southwest corner of the City of Red Deer Municipal Landfill quarter section - along Piper Creek).


Field Days Agenda (draft) - October 16 & 17, 2014

Day One
9am - 12pm

  • Welcome and Introduction of Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project (Rene Michalak, Joey Temple, Don Wales)
  • Presentation on the Waskasoo Subwatershed (Joey Temple)
  • Presentation on Piper Creek Riparian Health Assessment by Cows and Fish (Kathryn Hull / Kelsey Spicer)

Lunch (catered)

1pm - 4pm

  • Review of Morning Presentations
  • Holistic Management of Noxious Weeds: Natural Mowing, Cover Cropping, and Intensive Mulching (Kelsey Spicer, Kathryn Hull, Cynthia Pohl, Tony Blake)

Day Two
7:30am - 8:45am

  • Watershed Ambassador Breakfast Presentation on the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project ($15 - register here)

9:00am - 12:00pm

  • Piper Creek Project Guided Site Tour and Brainstorming (Cows & Fish)
  • Media Opportunity

1:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Steering Committee meeting with invited guests to draft outlines for the riparian and agricultural restoration plans
October 16th, 2014 9:00 AM   through   October 17th, 2014 4:00 PM
Southwest corner of the City of Red Deer Landfill on Piper Creek
Red Deer, AB

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Phone: 403-986-7981

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