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Field Work


Stream Assessments

Before we can do any work in the streams, we need to know what work needs to ne done. Stream assessments involve the crew walking along streams to determine how functional a stream is and what may need to be done throughout the summer to maintain stream health.

Some examples of what we assess for are:

  • blockages

  • bank integrity

  • Wildlife present

  • flow

  • beaver activity

Stream Clearing

Throughout the summer months, our crew works to clear any blockages in the stream to ensure fish have access to their spawning grounds and to reduce fragmentation of aquatic species. This involves cutting branches off of fallen down trees that are catching lots of debris, cutting down trees that fully impede water flow and cutting/clearing channels that would work well for fish passage. During the clearing process it is important to remember that fallen down trees can be beneficial to the ecosystem. They can provide bridges for land animals and provide cover for aquatic creatures, we only remove what is absolutely necessary.

Tree Planting

Each Spring/Summer our crew devotes their time to planting native trees and shrubs in an effort to restore the nearly destroyed Acadian forest. 

We have information on the process we follow for tree planting here.

Garbage Cleanup

Throughout the field season, our crew goes to areas throughout our watershed with litter and waste to keep areas clean and healthy. Typically we do two types of cleanups, roadside and shoreline. 

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Invasive Species Management

Throughout the field season, our field crew watch for invasive species around our watershed. When located, the invasive species are marked by GPS and after ensuring all requirements are met (i.e season, gear, knowledge), we go in and remove the invasive. 

The series of pictures above represent the crew removing glossy buckthorn, a process which can be rigorous, either requiring removal of the entire plant, including roots, or a new process we have made use of, covering them with an opaque black bag to prevent any future suckering of the plant.

An important aspect of our work with invasive species is identifying them out in the field while carrying out our regular work. We take many pictures of invasives seen out in the field and from the pictures and the crew's assessment, we determine the next course of action. 

Water Monitoring

Throughout the field season our crew goes out to measure water parameters at springs and streams throughout our watershed. Using a YSI, v-notch weirs and tools to measure heigh and speed of flow, we are able to closely monitor the health and stability of our local ecosystems.

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