The Bioengineering Demonstration and Education Project is nearing its construction phase scheduled for early March through to December of 2018. Though the project will have a large net benefit to the environment and every effort has been made to save as many trees as possible, 42 trees need to be removed for the project to be completed. The trees that require removal were flagged on February 5, 2018 and will remain flagged for at least two weeks prior to their removal. The removed trees will be compensated for with a 3 to 1 ratio and much of the removed tree material will be used in the design itself to create habitat for wildlife.
This project has been presented at several open houses in the Inglewood and Ramsay communities over the last year and was featured in the July/August Inglewood Community Newsletter. Community engagement on this project will continue up to and through construction and will include door knocking and mail drops to nearby homes prior to construction.
The City of Calgary and Alberta Environment and Parks are working together to improve fish habitat and improve slope stability between Pearce Estate Park and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, two much loved amenities in Inglewood. When complete, the techniques used here to re-establish the area after the 2013 Flood, will be used across Calgary and the Province to create fish and wildlife habitat, stabilize steep slopes and improve area aesthetics.
During this time work continues to bring this project to completion.
- Steep areas will be graded into stable terraced riverbanks, which will include the removal of 42 trees, however, much of the plant material being removed will be re-used in the project creating habitat for fish and wildlife.
- The trees and a number of shrubs will be removed in late February in order to prevent issues with nesting birds.
- The majority of the trees that are being removed are ornamental and not native to southern Alberta.
- Over 150 new native trees and thousands of native shrubs will be planted to restore a natural vegetated corridor and healthy riparian zone.
- There will be a temporary closure of the current regional pathway during construction, to be replaced by a new and improved regional pathway and a new nature trail.
- Temporary impacts during construction will be mitigated with erosion and sediment control plans, and Environmental Construction Operations plans.
- After project completion, fish and wildlife habitat will be improved, and the naturalized corridor will provide enhanced opportunities to experience nature along the Bow River.
My office and I will continue to monitor the progress of this work and remain open to, and encourage, citizen and resident feedback during this construction phase.
As always, my office is available to speak with you, and address your concerns regarding this, or any other matter.
P.S. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 403-268-5330. If you’re on social media, I would encourage you to follow my online pages to get updates about everything that impacts your community, Ward 9, and The City of Calgary.
P.P.S. Have you given any thought of joining and participating in the Inglewood Community Association and Ramsay Community Association? They are a solid group of neighbourhood volunteers who our office relies on to give us insight into the concerns and issues of the community. It’s been shown that there is a direct correlation between the number of residents who volunteer with their community association and the quality of life of the neighbourhood. Check them out and let’s continue to build our #GreatNeighbourhoods.