AWSMP Plants Hillslope in Chichester

Posted on: November 19th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

This week staff from the AWSMP reveg­e­tat­ed a large hill­s­lope in the ham­let of Chich­ester. The site was the loca­tion of a major stream restora­tion project in 2013 designed to sta­bi­lize the slope and stream chan­nel and pre­vent glacial clay deposits from enter­ing the Stony Clove Creek. As a fol­low-up to major con­struc­tion activ­i­ties, AWSMP plant­ed the low­er por­tions of the hill­s­lope with over 550 plants that includ­ed a com­bi­na­tion of ripar­i­an trees and shrubs. In addi­tion, over 1,100 wil­low stakes were har­vest­ed local­ly and replant­ed along the stream­bank. The use of native ripar­i­an veg­e­ta­tion increas­es the pro­jec­t’s chances for suc­cess and restores nat­ur­al stream con­di­tions and habi­tat. The wil­low plants will vig­or­ous­ly root to help hold soil and pre­vent ero­sion at the bot­tom of the slope. As the plants grow and mature, these root struc­tures become stronger and more com­plex. Even­tu­al­ly, a healthy for­est will return, as we see along the most beau­ti­ful and sta­ble streams in the area.