This year, the Vernon EcoAction Committee decided to take on a restoration effort at BX Creek along a public trail and boardwalk. It also happens to be an Associated project managed by Biologist Keenan Rudichuk. Corinna Hoodicoff came up with the brilliant idea of creating a learning opportunity for the volunteer labour by enlisting the help of Carrie Nadeau, our local bioengineering expert. This past weekend, she taught the group how to implement restoration in a floodplain by using willow stakes. The eager volunteers quickly learned the refrain, “harvest, soak, stake, and cut!”
The energized volunteers also planted many trees and shrubs in the riparian area. Their efforts will help increase diversity and improve flood resilience. The sharp-tipped hawthorns that were planted may also discourage unwanted trespassers who may damage the restored area.
The project is compensation for constructing in a wetland, and is funded by the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The result is a nearly 10:1 compensation effort and a very positive relationship between Associated and our client.