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.