Thanks to funding from TDParks, support from The City of Calgary Parks and an eager volunteer team from Suncor Energy, Shaganappi’s beloved gully area was bustling with restoration activity on Thursday.

Under the warm sunshine, a hardworking crew of 20+ Suncor employees and community volunteers got dirty digging new homes for more than 70 different native plants, including: wild roses, wild strawberries, thimbleberries, currants, and low bush cranberries. After the planting was complete, the volunteers used their muscles to remove decades-old, invasive Cotoneaster stumps and plants, plus some refuse. The afternoon was filled with good energy and great contributions to the restoration of the area.

A work in progress over many years, Shaganappi’s gully restoration plan focuses on building up the river banks, removing invasive species, adding native plants, and general cleanup. We are grateful for funding from TDParks and support from The City of Calgary Parks that made this particular planting event possible.

Thank you Suncor for “creating a better world”. A special thank you to Shaganappi community members John and Carol James for leading Thursday’s efforts alongside great folks from City of Calgary Parks (Kyle, Gabrielle and Philip). Our heartfelt thanks to Ron Goodfellow for spearheading the restoration project over the years and ordering the plant for this events; we felt your presence even when you could not be with us in person. Thanks to Michael Grimminck and Shaundra Carvey for capturing the event in photos. Photos shown here courtesy of Michael.

DID YOU KNOW? The gully is a natural habitat for many different birds and animals. What have you spotted in or near the gully? A badger? Skunks? Maybe a bobcat? The area is a wildlife corridor for many. As such, it is a space where dogs should be kept on leash. This helps protect the space too. Thank you for showing all Calgarians how to care for this very special habitat. Taking good care of the space will ensure we continue to see wildlife using it.

We hope to see you at the Community Cleanup on Sunday, September 22nd from 9-2pm at the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre (1731 – 29 Street SW).

Sun Shines on Shaganappi Riparian Restoration