Planting Trees for Wetland Protection
Workshop for Rural Landowners
Eco-Buffers are diverse, high-density shelterbelts that look and act like natural forest. While giving shelter from wind for homes and livestock, these dense plantings also help protect water quality and provide prime habitat for pollinators. The counties of Lac Ste. Anne and Parkland are working together to host an Eco-Buffer Workshop on Monday, June 4 th.
The Eco-Buffer concept was developed by agroforestry researchers in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, home of the federal shelterbelt program. With careful attention to design and selection of native species to suit the site, Eco-Buffers can become self-sustaining, needing little maintenance.
Leading the workshop is Luke Wonneck of the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society (AWES). The day begins at Rosenthal Hall with a presentation on the benefits of Eco-Buffers and steps for their design. Looking at air photos of their own property, participants will assess the potential for Eco- Buffers on their land. In the afternoon we'll travel to near-by site to get hands-on experience planting an Eco-Buffer.