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Fourmile Creek, 8/06 - Monitoring Panorama of Willow Weaving           

Click and scroll on the panorama above to see a 360 degree view!

When volunteers constructed this willow weaving in May 06, Fourmile Creek flowed directly against the raw bank now growing wildly with willows. Just days after the May project day heavy rainfall on top of melting snow in nearby mountains caused the creek to rise dramatically and to rush downstream carving a new channel where we had planted and built the willow weaving.

While some plants washed away and gravel and rock deposited in places they had not been before, most of the newly planted shrubs and trees survived the floodwaters and so did the willow weaving.

This high water event demonstrated that creeks and rivers are indeed dynamic – and that the volunteers did an awesome job planting and constructing the willow weaving!

Check out Foumile Creek, 5/06 - Restoration Panorama Site 2

This panorama taken August 31, 2006.

View "before and after" photos of restoration and willow weaving on this upper section of Fourmile Creek. (1.9 Mb PDF File)

Looking downstream into the protected and planted stretch of upper Fourmile Creek after three seasons of growth. September 5, 2007.
Native riparian habitat restored, regenerating and expanding on the banks of Fourmile Creek three years after volunteers planted trees and shrubs. 8/30/10. Photo by Katy Flanagan.
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