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The Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project
The Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project
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40th Ave - south Red Deer, past the landfill, before the Clearview Industrial Park (along Piper Creek) 52.216996, -113.790065, Red Deer, Alberta, CA
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

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The Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project

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Urban, Rural, Intentional Communities, Community, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz

Project Summary

The Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project follows Nature's example to restore a degraded farming area along the Piper Creek in Red Deer, AB.

Project Description

Location: ReThink Red Deer and supporting organizations have secured funds from Environment Canada's Environmental Damages fund to restore a roughly 25-acre section of Piper Creek immediately south of the City of Red Deer Landfill. Over the course of five years, the “Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project” will repair and improve the historical impacts on an important riparian (land next to water) and agricultural area in the Red Deer River watershed by regenerating and enhancing Red Deerians' understanding of, and relationship with, the natural world. “This project approaches the restoration of an important ecology and historical site in an integrated way. The neighbouring land uses - landfill and industrial park - have direct impact on the ecosystem health of the project site and we can work together to manage these uses in a sustainable way.”, says Kathy Parsons, President of ReThink Red Deer. Project partner Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society) will complete three “Riparian Health Inventories” (RHI) over the course of the five-year project to collect comprehensive information about the structure and function of the vegetation, soil, and hydrology within the project area. According to Cows & Fish Range and Riparian Specialist, Kathryn Hull, “By repeating the riparian health inventory in years three and five we will have a means to monitor the level of impact of the restoration efforts along Piper Creek.” This includes photographic monitoring to capture visual changes to riparian parameters such as reduced invasive weed cover and improved native tree and shrub cover. Comprehensive pre- and post-monitoring is a key part of understanding the effectiveness of proposed restoration and riparian management plans. Among the project partners are The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance, The Red Deer River Naturalists, The Waskasoo Environmental Education Society, Alberta Food Matters, the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management - Prairie Chapter, Red Deer County, and The City of Red Deer as landowner holding observer status. For more on ReThink Red Deer please visit - www.ReThinkRedDeer.ca/node/9 This project was made possible thanks to funding from Environment Canada's Environmental Damages Fund.


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Urban Rural Intentional Community Demonstration Educational
Rene Michalak - Admin
Team Members
Kathy Parsons - Lead Volunteer Martin Scholz - Steering Committee Starr Brainard - Intern (2016)

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