Blindman River Community Riparian Planting Day


The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA), Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society (AWES), and Lacombe County partnered to host our Blindman River Community Riparian Planting Day on June 7th at the Oostenbrink property, adjacent to the Gull Lake pump house and canal. Despite the unseasonably cold, rainy and snowy weather, we still had a group of 20 dedicated volunteers who took time to join us and brave the elements!

Everyone who took part in the planting day agreed that none of us have been as muddy or as satisfied to complete planting of nearly 1,500 trees at the Oostenbrink property in support the continued riparian health of the Blindman River. In addition to the seedlings planted during the Community Planting Day, there were also an additional 5400 seedlings planted just upstream along the Blindman River at the Glover/Miskey property this year as part of the Blindman River Restoration project!

A big thank you to the team at AWES for their work to prepare the site in advance of our planting day, and for coordinating all the seedlings and equipment, as well as providing guidance on the day of the planting to ensure we put the right tree species in the right places!

The RDRWA and AWES are also working towards establishing a local Blindman River Watershed Stewardship Group in 2019-2020. The reach of the Blindman River from Highway 20 to Rimbey was defined as the most severely impacted and is the area identified as most suitable for riparian site restoration with the best future outcome. If you or someone you know is a landowner along the Blindman River (especially from Highway 2-South to the town of Rimbey) have them contact Rosemarie Ferjuc at the RDRWA or Noel St. Jean from AWES to discuss doing planting on their property.

Thank you to Alberta Environment and Parks for your ongoing support of the Blindman River Restoration Project through the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program, which provides critical funding of projects like this that work to improve and enhance watershed resiliency to flood and droughts. Stay tuned for RDRWA's upcoming work on the Medicine-Blindman rivers in 2019-2020!




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