Parks is undertaking habitat restoration work on the riparian areas surrounding a stretch of Nose Creek in the community of Skyline West. Work is scheduled to begin next week (week of September 7). Healthy riparian areas help reduce erosion, stabilize riverbanks, slow floodwaters, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, improve the quality of river water and help support biodiversity.
September 19, 2020: Community group planting event.
September 22, 2020: Corporate group planting event.
Fall 2020: Weeding, mowing and planting of native wildflowers and grasses. Temporary fencing installed, and willow-shrubs planted along creek bank to increase soil stability and flood resilience.
Summer 2021: Installation of temporary plastic covers to prevent weed growth (solarization).
Fall 2021: Additional planting, seeding and on-going weed control.
Public access to the park will not be impeded, however some areas along the creek will be temporarily fenced off to allow vegetation to establish. No bikeway or pathway closures are required and there are no anticipated noise issues or impacts to river access points.
Visitors to the park may experience:
Un-mowed areas: Part of naturalization means purposefully bringing native plants back to an area, while controlling invasive species. Sections of the banks along Nose Creek will be left un-mowed and seeded to allow new wildflower and grass species to establish. Over time, the space will become self-sustaining.
Black tarps or plastic covering terrain: Black plastic and summer’s high temperatures are used to kill off invasive species and weeds in an environmentally friendly way – this is called solarization. The area is then replanted with native species. Once these plants are established, we won’t have to mow anymore, and the creek’s health will be protected and enhanced.
Groups of people at work: In addition to City staff and contractors, volunteers will be on-site during planned planting and seeding events to help complete some of the restoration work. Note: all workers and volunteers will be expected to follow Alberta Health Services guidelines and protocols for COVID-19 while on-site.
Fencing and signage: Temporary fencing and signage will be installed and kept in place for a three-year maintenance period to protect the area and allow the new vegetation to establish.
Please direct the public to 311 for more information, or to calgary.ca/biodiversity.