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The Natural Edge Shoreline Naturalization Program

The Natural Edge Shoreline Naturalization 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. Shorelines are one of the richest environments on earth, but they are also among the most vulnerable. Habitat loss and degradation, water quality impairments, and increasing pressures from shoreline development can threaten our lakes and rivers, making it a priority for environmental stewardship and restoration. 

(Shoreline severely degraded by water erosion - Sturgis Regional Park)

The AWSA team, partnered with Watersheds Canada through the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds, assessed and revitalized four sites severely impacted by erosion along the Assiniboine River shoreline during the summer and fall of 2018. Two sites in the Sturgis Regional Park and two sites in the Kamsack Regional Park were chosen to participate in the program, and the AWSA team planted over 200 trees and shrubs between the four sites! The new growth will encourage vegetative succession, improve soil health, and reduce the effects of erosion.

(The AWSA team planting trees along the shoreline of the Assiniboine River - Sturgis Regional Park)

To find out more about the Natural Edge Shoreline Naturalization Program, please visit the Watersheds Canada webpage by clicking here.

Amber Cramer,
Jan 9, 2019, 6:27 AM