The Natural Edge program is designed to help landowners create a natural shoreline by planting a selection of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses suitable for their property.
The plants help:
- reduce soil erosion,
- improve water quality by filtering runoff, and
- provide essential habitat including shelter and food for over 90% of wildlife.
Healthy layers of vegetation:
- protect the shorelines from degrading, and
- support natural processes that are essential to a healthy watershed.
- ground cover,
- flowers, and
- aquatic vegetation benefit wildlife.
WUQWATR works with landowners to create shoreline re-naturalization starter kits and can assist the landowner in planting.
The kits have 50 native plants (35 bare root and 10 potted plants, and 5 wildflowers), tree guards for all deciduous trees, and mulch for wildflowers.
If you are interested in a shoreline re-naturalization kit for 2023 please contact email@example.com and visit Natural Edge
2022 Natural Edge planting
Nathan Avery, the WUQWATR Environmental Field Technician, preparing to plant Cornus Stolonifera (Red Osier Dogwood).
Avery and Jim Elliot, a member of the WUQWATR board of directors, plant Salix Interior (Sandbar Willow).
Project participant Barb Livingston (right), Jim Elliot and Nicole Moffat, WUQWATR program lead, are all smiles following a successful Natural Edge tree planting day.
I want to thank you and your crew for all of the hard work you put in on that wild and windy day in May. I’m very pleased with the plants chosen and I’ll enjoy watching them mature over the next few years.
We feel very fortunate to have been a part of your Natural Edge program. Thanks also to Watersheds Canada for funding such a worthwhile project.