Volunteers Help to Restore Stony Clove Creek

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by Leslie_Zucker

TU Stream Buffer Planting April 2017

About 30 vol­un­teers came out on Sat­ur­day to plant 800 trees, shrubs, and wil­lows along a restored sec­tion of chan­nel and hill­s­lope on the Stony Clove Creek at Wright Road. The event was orga­nized by Trout Unlim­ited with assis­tance from the Ulster County Soil & Water Con­ser­va­tion District’s Adam Doan. TU mem­bers from both the Catskill Moun­tain and Ashokan-Pepacton chap­ters par­tic­i­pated. The hard-working vol­un­teers planted all of the bare roots and live stakes in 2 hours — impres­sive! Adam says, “We really appre­ci­ate the vol­un­teer effort and the amount of work that was done in a short time. It’s nice to know we’ll have a shared sense of own­er­ship of the project as we watch the for­est return.”

Native veg­e­ta­tion is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of the stream restora­tion project that will help to sta­bi­lize soils that were con­tribut­ing to the hill­s­lope fail­ure. The plant­ing recon­nects the hill­s­lope with the sur­round­ing forested stream corridor.

The woody plants will even­tu­ally shade the stream and cool water tem­per­a­tures; cold water is needed by trout.