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Little Salmon River Wetlands Reserve Restoration, 10/05                                        

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

Volunteers plant willow poles into actively eroding stream banks along the Little Salmon River in October when the plants are dormant. A NOAA Community-based Restoration grant provided funding for the water jet stingers which enable deep planting of willow poles along rivers that experience annual flooding during spring snow melt run-off for continuous weeks if not months and during other high water events during the year.

Raw banks like the ones pictured in this panorama can benefit from intensive willow pole planting. Volunteers partnering with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, private landowners and other agencies harvest willow poles locally and plant them as deeply as possible - from two to four feet deep using the water jet stingers. Planting willow poles in the autumn when the water level is low allows access to the cut banks that high water covers in the spring and early summer.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game and its volunteer workforce plant during both spring and fall: one and two gallon and larger containerized plants during April, May and June and willow poles during October in the Little Salmon River watershed.  Decades have passed since native riparian habitats existed along miles of the river and its tributaries: it will take decades of aggressive planting and dogged determination by the River Menders.

This panorama taken October 22, 2005.

See more about waterjet stingers on the NRCS web site. (660kb PDF File)
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