Riparian Restoration

Slocan River Streamkeepers coordinate an intensive riverside tree planting, livestock fencing, and bank restoration program.  One of the mandates is to enhance fish habitat.  Landowners benefit through protection of their riverside land and are able to address riverbank erosion issues.  Slocan Valley residents generally want a fully functioning riparian ecosystem.

Efforts in our Slocan River Riparian Restoration project began in 2005.  Since we started, we have worked with over 30 private landowners completing 35 projects, or the equivalent of 6km of riparian riverbank restored. Restoration involves site preparation and then the planting and nurturing of native species of trees and shrubs. These trees help to hold and stabilize stream banks, provide wildlife habitat and food, and provide shady areas in the stream along the banks. Tree shade helps to cool water near the banks, improving the environment for fish.

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∧ Before the restoration project

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∧ After the riparian restoration project that included habitat recruitment structures.

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∧ Selkirk College’s students observing the riparian restoration project.

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∧ Selkirk College’s student observing rainbow trout in the habitat recruitment structures.

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∧ Before

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∧ After. This riparian restoration project also includes habitat recruitment structures.

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∧ Before

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∧ After.  This riparian restoration project also includes habitat recruitment structures.

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∧ Before

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∧ After.  This riparian restoration project also includes habitat recruitment structures.

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∧ Mulching trees with wood chips to control weeds, hold moisture and add nutrient to soil.

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∧ Stucco wire fences protect the trees from the beavers, the white plastic protectors protect the trees from vole damage.

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∧ A riparian restoration project implemented in 2005.

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∧ A riparian restoration project implemented in 2005.

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∧ A riparian restoration project implemented in 2005.

The Slocan River Streamkeepers would like to thank all the funders, land owners and volunteers for their support throughout the years.

Funders for the Slocan River Riparian Restoration Program have included:
Columbia Basin Trust
Columbia Power Corporation
Fortis BC
ARDCorp