McDougall Cairn Natural Area Habitat Restoration Project Report
The McDougall Cairn Natural Area Habitat Restoration Plan Report accompanies the Habitat Restoration Plan (Appendix 1) drawings. The report outlines the need for ecological restoration at the McDougall Cairn Natural Area in Calgary, Alberta. It outlines the restoration goals and methods, preliminary results, and includes a monitoring and maintenance plan for the project site.Restoration mission statement
The overall goal of the habitat restoration project at the McDougall Cairn Natural Area is to complete a naturalization level of habitat restoration that maintains the prairie landscape character-defining elements of this Provincial Historic Resource site and its heritage value, by adding native species appropriate to a native reference habitat and aid the future succession of native species in the park.
The goals for the habitat restoration project include:
- Increase the prairie landscape character-defining elements of the provincial historic resource, including an environment of native prairie grasses and plants appropriate to the reference habitat.
- Native tree plantings that had previously died on site are replaced with new native trees that survive.
- Invasive weeds on site are managed to reduce pressures on native species and as per legislated requirements.
- Collaborate with site stewardship stakeholders.
- Communicate the project to nearby homeowners.
- Create an ongoing site maintenance and monitoring plan.
- Improve site infrastructure to bring attention to historical resource and improve site function.
- Mapping activities and planting/seeding locations for long-term monitoring.
The project duration is expected to run from spring 2017-summer 2018. Follow-up monitoring and maintenance of the site will be needed on an ongoing basis.