BIGHORN CREEK PROJECT
Location: Fernie, British Columbia
Client: Tembec Industries Inc.
Objective: To train and supervise a First Nations
crew as part of a regular crew on a riparian restoration
In October of 2001, Terra Erosion Control Ltd. was
requested to provide training and supervision to a local
First Nations crew as part of a riparian restoration
project in Bighorn Creek. Bighorn Creek is located in
southeastern British Columbia near the town of Fernie
and is a major fish tributary to the Wigwam River.
The project consisted of identifying and collecting
various native species to use for riparian restoration.
The following species were used: black cottonwood (Populus
balsamifera L. ssp. trichocarpa), willow (Salix scouleriana)
and red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea). The harvested
live cuttings were soaked in a local creek and transported
on a forestry road and dry creek bed to the sites This
was followed by machine assisted hand planting or "live
staking" of gravel bars and a live palisade. The
work was done on a total of nine gravel bars over a
distance of 2 kilometres, planting a total of 12 000
cuttings using a 14- person crew over a two- week period.
The primary objective was to accelerate vegetative
growth in riparian and floodplain areas in order to
stabilize gravel accumulation along reach 4 of Bighorn
Creek. The live palisade was established to provide
a stout riparian cover of cottonwood trees adjacent
to the eroding bank.