Don Anderson is organizing a day of habitat work on Stauffer Creek. We need about 10 volunteers to get the work completed. Please contact Don Anderson if you are able to come:
I am looking for people to spend about 4 to 6 hours building and installing
some willow bundles into one of the springs used for spawning trout on
the Stauffer Creek.
Below is a copy of the cover letter sent to Dept. of Fisheries and
Oceans describing the project. I recieved thier " Letter of Advice" this
When August 11 or 12/12
The Central Alberta Chapter of Trout Unlimited is requesting permission
of your agency to repair and/or install as required willow bundles into
a small side spring to the North Raven River. The spring is <> 400
meters in length and is used by brook trout for spawning. Previously,
the Central Alberta Chapter installed willow bundles in this spring when
the major works were undertaken in 1997 to narrow, deepen and stabilize
the silt from the agricultural activities previously located along the
stream. It was hoped that the willow bundles previously installed would
last until the natural willows now growing along the banks matured and
died. Unfortunately, the bundles did not last quite long enough. It is
hoped that natural vegetation will supplement and finally replace the
willow bundles installed in 2012 over the next 10 years.
SRD, during a one day snap shot of fish use in this area in 2011,
identified the lack of cover as a possible constraint to fish reproduction.
Why do the project: This spring creek has very little instream cover
naturally as most of the trees were killed when the farmer feed his cows
in this area. Although the stream has been fenced to exclude cows for a
number of years, the willows along the bank have not yet reached the
falling down stage which would naturally provide the instream cover
utilized by swim up fry.
Where: The actual project is located within the Ecological Easement on
NW-17-37-5-W5. The spring is <>400 meters long and is heavily utilized
by Brook Trout for spawning activities. The spring flows into the North
Raven River near the SE edge of the Ecological Easement.
When: The work will be undertaken between July 1 and August 31, 2012
What is to be done: Replace or repair as required willow bundles within
What will the willow bundles look like: The bundles will be composed of
decadent willows located back from the stream edge. The willow will be
cut at ground height to stimulate new growth for moose fodder. Each
bundle will be held with two bands of #9 iron wire. The wire will be
attached to the stream bed utilizing T posts. Each T post will be
driven below substrate to ensure as much as possible negligible frost
heaving. Each bundle will be <> 12 in diameter which will ensure that
the bundle is below water level thereby reducing rotting. The branch
end of the bundle will be fanned out to provide as much cover for the
fry as possible.