Celebrating Thirty Years, 1992 – 2022
Dedicate a tree within the 30th Anniversary Poplar Grove
For thirty years now the Friends have been dedicated to the protection and preservation of this park and have spearheaded volunteer programs and educational activities to engage community members and support park conservation. To celebrate our 30th Anniversary this year we will be planting thirty poplar trees in the park and are excited to invite you to support our work, and leave a long-lasting legacy in Fish Creek.
Balsam poplars (populus balsamifera) constitute the majority of Fish Creek’s forest, especially at the east end of the park, and throughout the riparian areas along the creek. However, our poplar forest is generally a same-aged cohort of trees that is nearing end of life, and is not naturally regenerating in some areas the way we would like. To address these issues, we began planting trees in 2017, to give natural processes a bit of a helping hand by planting different ages of trees that will eventually replace those that are dead or dying.
To commemorate this important milestone for our small but far-reaching non-profit, 35 native balsam poplars will be planted within the 30th Anniversary Poplar Grove, at the far east end of the Stream Changes trail near the Bow Valley Ranch. Thirty trees will be available to donors, for a donation of $475 per tree, and five trees will be planted by the Friends, in honour of the volunteer, partner and community support that has made our work possible since 1992. One tree is available per donor or donor group.
Each 30th Anniversary donation will include:
- An invitation to take part in the tree planting day on September 17, with Friends of Fish Creek staff
- A tax receipt for $475
- The opportunity to purchase a limited edition art print of the 30th Anniversary Poplar Grove, created by local artist, Cori Imbery, so donors have a little piece of the park in their own homes
The Grove will be monitored and maintained until fall 2025, by trained Friends’ volunteers, so that any damage to individual trees or the site in general can be addressed. After that time, nature will take its course, and we trust that the grove will thrive on its own and continue to represent the love that so many have for Fish Creek. Donors will not own a specific tree, and no memorialization/decoration of the trees or grove will be permitted. All donations made to this project directly support our ongoing education and conservation initiatives, and will go a long way to supporting the continuation of our work into the future.
We invite you to be part of this unique opportunity to be part of a legacy project in Fish Creek. Registration for the program is limited, and will close on August 31, 2022 (or when all 30 trees have been dedicated). If you are interested in becoming a 30th Anniversary Dedication Tree Project Donor, we ask that you first read the project Contract (which we ask all donors to sign and return to us following payment).
Once we receive your registration, we will be in touch to provide instructions for making your donation, completing the contract, and details associated with the planting event in September. Please note that your Eventbrite registration does not reserve or guarantee a dedication tree for you. The Friends will follow up as soon as possible after receiving your registration to provide donation and contract details (and once those steps are complete, your space is confirmed!)
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Photo, Stan Kwasniowski