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30th May

2014

Reforestation Project: Spruce Tree Planting

Saturday, May 24th was historic.

400 white spruce trees were planted in ten ‘islands’.

This is the first step in a long process to re-naturalize and return the area to a look it may have had before human agricultural intrusion.

Around 25 people showed up to help plant 400 small spruce trees in 10 ‘islands’ located around the lower Riverlot 56 open field which has been hayed for many years. The morning work-bee lasted two hours and everything planned was accomplished. The weather was great at the time, warm and dry and in the days that followed we have been blessed with lots of rain which is badly needed for the growing plants.

This is only the beginning of a program that should eventually see perhaps a few thousand shrubs and trees planted this year in the lower portion of the natural area. The Riverlot 56 Society has received assistance through a grant available to the St. Albert ski club, STANSKI. The islands of plantings will also enable a new ski trail to wind through the open field area in the future.

Here are some photos that share the experience …

Riverlot Lower New Trail Location with Old Trail
This Google Earth photo has been edited to show where the existing cross-country trail (in orange) exists. The green areas show where 10 planting islands have been established as of May 25th. The yellow line shows where a new trail is planned for winter skiing using the planting to help delineate its location.

Riverlot Lower Showing Size Showing Planting Areas
Another Google Earth photo edited to show the size of the open field and the access point from Sturgeon Road where water, trees and tools gain access to the area.

Mary Binette carefully setting an $8.00 white spruce tree in an area in the centre of the lower lot open field.
Mary Binette carefully setting an $8.00 white spruce tree in an area in the centre of the lower lot open field.

Water containers were filled the previous day by Rebel Heart Trucking (THANKS!!) so that every plant was adequately watered.
Water containers were filled the previous day by Rebel Heart trucking (THANKS!!) so that every plant was adequately watered.

Board member, Mary Stoker (seen left), worked with a number of high school students from Bellerose High. The students planted in two or three of the ‘islands’ with one island receiving the name Rosie’s Island after their school mascot.
Board member, Mary Stoker (seen left), worked with a number of high school students from Bellerose High. The students planted in two or three of the ‘islands’ with one island receiving the name Rosie’s Island after their school mascot.

Three small spruce trees were planted around a four foot square piece of plastic mulch used to prevent weed growth that would compete with the young trees. In each island there were 10 places where these squares were located.
Three small spruce trees were planted around a four foot square piece of plastic mulch used to prevent weed growth that would compete with the young trees. In each island there were 10 places where these squares were located.

Students hard at work!!
Students hard at work!!