South Shore Watershed Association Inc.
2016 South Shore Watershed Association Improvement Project
The SSWA Watershed’s land base is over 75% cultivated land, leaving small fragmented sections of woodland. This project allowed us to increase future forest habitat by reclaiming areas and diversely planting native trees and shrubs; improving the health of our current forest by removing trees damaged by bark beetle, allowing for undergrowth, and newly planted trees and shrubs to thrive. Enhancement work done to hedgerows & parcel boundaries will increase connectivity between forest fragments, improve species diversity, and add food sources and nesting sites for mammals and birds. Shoreline stabilization projects protect areas where bank swallows nest, which provides protection and access to food sources by helping to protect the cliff edge and the addition of appropriate native trees, shrubs and plants. The pollinator garden will improve habitat and food sources both by the attraction of insects and the fruit that they will produce. Nesting boxes were added to provide habitat for cavity dwellers. River rehabilitation will improve migration routes for aquatic life, provide temperature and stress relief and improve access to spawning areas.
- 1. Increase forest.
- A total of 357 trees and shrubs were planted to create new forest areas, in Tryon on the old Trans-Canada Highway bed. Fifty mixed hardwoods were planted in Augustine Cove.
- 2. Improve forest damaged by bark beetle
- 227 mixed conifer, hardwoods & shrubs were planted in Seven Mile Bay, and an area of dead and dying spruce was cut in the Tryon estuary to be planted in the coming season.
- 3. Improve forest connectivity along hedgerows and parcel boundaries
- 50 white spruce, 100 wild rose 50 mixed hardwoods and shrubs planted along Augustine Cove, Westmoreland and Tryon estuaries
- 4. Stabilize shoreline
- 50 wild rose, 50 bayberry, 250 marram grass plugs planted along De Sable estuary, 352 salt-tolerant shrubs planted along Westmoreland estuary, and 650 marram grass plugs planted at Camp Abegweit, Augustine Cove. The living shoreline (450 ft) at Camp Abegweit was reassessed, new materials added to decrease the slope of the structure, and compostable materials added to expedite soil health in preparation for planting salt-tolerant shrubs next season.
- 5. Create pollinator garden
- 475 milkweed planted, 350 pollinator shrubs planted at Stordy’s Pond. Other wetland areas in the SSWA watersheds were also planted with milkweed
- 6. Build, install and maintain nesting boxes
- Almost 100 swallow and kestrel nest boxes were maintained. Wood duck nesting boxes were added to the top of both Lord’s and Stordy’s Ponds. Twenty-five new swallow nesting boxes were made
- 7. Enhance biodiversity and protect habitat
- A walking bridge was added over the marram grasses at Camp Abegweit to protect the grass. The walking bridge at Lord’s Pond was restored. Two fishing platforms which can double as fish shades were added along with two underwater fish cover to Stordy’s Pond
- 8. Enhance public education on global warming concerns
- 4 school field trips, a presentation at the Crapaud Exhibition and 3 Interpretive signs
- 9. Water testing
- SSWA continued with the CURA H20 water monitoring project through St Mary’s University