Our job was to dig up trees in one area, move them to the underpass and replant them. It was a Parks initiative, promoted by Bow Valley Wildsmart. Almost 30 volunteers showed up, and we dug up two truckloads -- almost 80 -- baby conifer trees and some bushes from a densely forested area beside the highway about 3 km away.
|Two trucks of trees and a bunch of diggers|
Where we planted them looked (at first glance) much nicer...
|Next to the highway, the underpass about 50 m away|
|The red flagged ones are new|
|We planted ~40 here, plus there's ~30 were planted last year|
|About 15 are planted here, plus 10 from last year|
We also cut down about 500 invasive, non-native thistles, too. Barely a dent, but it's something.
I was impressed that it took so little time to fill up the two trucks. But when you have 10 teams of 3 people digging at the rate of about 6 trees per hour, that's 80 trees in slightly under 90 minutes. We were able to water them in after replanting faster than we could get water out of the tanks, too. Ah, what a dedicated army of volunteers can accomplish.
I'm hoping the next bear I meet thanks me for it. Or ignores me. Yeah, that would be better.