A framework for a Joseph Creek project has been created to restore, support and maintain a healthy functioning ecosystem in Cranbrook.
The Columbia Outdoor School hopes to combat issues with infrastructure, enhance the College of the Rockies scientific presence and much more.
Executive director Todd Hebert says the project will take lots of time and community collaboration to complete.
“We really envision this as a 10, 15, maybe even 20-year project.” explains Hebert. “There’s lots of opportunity for people to be involved, lots of opportunity to have discussions about ‘What do we want? How do we want it to work?’ and those are the types of discussions and things that we’re really looking forward to.”
Hebert says their first location of interest is Ildewild Park.
“We’ll be replanting all of the surrounding area of the lake and then we’ll be working on enhancing the wetland area that’s adjacent to the lake so we’ll be doing some pooling, some channeling and planting in that area as well.” says Hebert. “We’ll be looking at some turtle habitat development and other species development as well.”
The project also hopes to create a healthy creek that can support native fish and species that have struggled to stay alive in the area.
Any residents that have ideas or recommendations for the project are encouraged to get involved.
– Todd Hebert, Columbia Outdoor School executive director
– Devin Howard