In celebration of Earth Day, The Cowichan Land Trust and the Grade 2 class of Ecole Mt. Prevost Elementary planted over 50 sword ferns in the riparian area alongside the Cowichan Valley Trail bridge over Bings Creek.

The work is part of a larger project that has seen streamside restoration completed along Bings Creek and a tributary of Averill Creek.

“Involving the community and partnering with local land owners is very valuable to these projects. It gives our community a sense of pride. These children will be able to bring their families for a walk on the trail and tell them, I planted that!” said Kai Rietzel, Executive Director of the Cowichan Land Trust.

The Land Trust has been completing this work as part of the Friends of Cowichan Creeks program. Through the Friends of Cowichan Creeks program, they are working to monitor, protect, and enhance local streams by facilitating the work of streamkeeper groups.

If you’d like to get involved or learn more about the project, contact Kai at the Cowichan Land Trust by phone (250) 746-0227 or

This project acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans – Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program and RBC Blue Water Project.