The riparian zone includes the banks of the creek and the surrounding land along the waterway. The biodiversity and health of the riparian habitat has a direct affect on the health of the stream as it acts as a natural buffer between the waterway and adjacent land use. This means that the vegetation of riparian habitats traps and filters contaminants from parking lots, roads, and yards, preventing them from entering and degrading the stream.
By planting a variety of native trees and shrubs along Junction Creek, we improve the riparian habitat and resilience of our environment, providing multiple benefits to local ecosystems as well as the community. A healthy riparian habitat offers habitat, food and shade for local wildlife; retains precipitation and act as carbon sinks to mitigate flooding and climate change; the roots stabilize the shore and act as natural filters for runoff entering the stream; and they provide beauty and tranquility to the trails and neighbourhood.
For more information on tree planting in Sudbury, check out the City of Greater Sudbury's EarthCare Minute video on Plant Biodiversity & Regreening of Greater Sudbury.
Click here to read the 2022 Junction Creek Planting summary.
Public Planting Events along Junction Creek
Public tree planting events usually occur in the Fall and are collaborated with help from community volunteer groups, grants, and support from local businesses. Under the guidance of our local ecologist and regreening expert Dr. Peter Beckett, we work with local businesses and schools along the creek to discuss ways to revitalize their riparian habitat and coordinate tree planting events.
See our project recently completed in Garson! Garson Riparian Revitalization Project
Shoreline Planting Program for Landowners - Natural Edge Program 2022
The Junction Creek Stewardship Committee (JCSC) is pleased to announce the arrival of Watersheds Canada’s Natural Edge Program in Greater Sudbury to help to restore shoreline habitat and boost planting efforts!
In 2022, the JCSC is collaborating with Watersheds Canada and community partners to deliver the Natural Edge Program to targeted landowners along Junction Creek, focusing on impaired sites between Garson and New Sudbury. Through this program, the JCSC will work with landowners to develop site specific planting plans and provide up to 50 native plants per site. Watersheds Canada's Natural Edge Program is designed to use innovative technology to empower Canadians to take local action on the restoration and conservation of their freshwater resources by enhancing their shoreline areas with native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. This program is funded by the Province, RBC Tech for Nature, and the New Sudbury Centre.
For further information about the program, please visit naturaledge.watersheds.ca or email [email protected].
Natural Edge Program Junction Creek Flyer
Watch Natural Edge Program testimonial video
Garson Revitalization Project
Click here to for a downloadable copy of the Garson Revitalization Project - Project Proposal.
Maley Branch Shoreline Stabilization 2022
Click here for a downloadable copy of the Maley Branch Shoreline Stabilization 2022.