Bambi Bucket Used for Award-Winning Heli-Seeding Initiative
Sep 17 2012
Delta, BC, Canada – When wet ground conditions made conventional hydro-seeding impossible, one federal agency, the Transportation Investment Corporation, decided to put the Bambi Bucket to work heli-seeding as part of an award-winning project.
Today, because of this innovative approach, fish and fowl in the Vancouver area can flip, flop and flap for joy because of habitat enhancements undertaken for a highway project. Although the Transportation Investment Corporation’s focus is highway safety, the Colony Farm Restoration and Enhancement Project has given it some special opportunities to ‘branch out’ beyond the highway to restore tidal flows in the Wilson Farm area of Colony Farm, for the first time since it was diked in the early 1900s.
Although the Bambi Bucket is traditionally used as a firefighting tool, slung underneath the belly of a variety of helicopters, in this case, the bucket was used to disperse a nourishing seed mixture instead of fire retardant or water.
First introduced in 1982 by a BC inventor and manufactured by Delta, BC-based SEI Industries, the Bambi Bucket has gone on to become one of the world’s most trusted firefighting tools by more than a 1000 helicopter operators in dozens of countries. To create today’s toughest aerial bucket in the world, SEI considers the perfect blend of critical elements in bucket fabric; tensile strength, puncture-proofing, abrasion resistance and resilient coating adhesion. As a result, the Bambi Bucket is robust and well-suited to a range of roles in land management.
Working to protect wetlands may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the Bambi Bucket but, whether saving wildlife habitats or fighting wildland fires, it’s all in a day’s work for this remarkable product.
Contact: Shawn Bethel, Division Manager, Firefighting Division, SEI Industries Ltd.
Canada @ 1-604-946-3131 USA @ 877-903-1475
Sep 17 2012