Rattlesnake Creek Bank Stabilization
If you haven’t been up into the Rattlesnake Recreation Area for awhile, you’ll see some changes at the “horse bridge” about a half-mile in from the parking area!
Last fall a couple dozen large boulders were deposited along the trail, and in early March of this year the Forest Service and Geum Environmental Consulting used an excavator to construct berms around the popular stream access area just downstream from the bridge. Logs and conifer slash were added to the boulders and topsoil to create a stable surface, with temporary fencing added for protection.
Then this past weekend (Sunday May 4th) volunteers from the RCWG joined in to plant several dozen shrubs and pines. RCWG obtained a grant from the Western Native Trout Initiative to supplement Forest Service funds on this project. It still looks a little rough but as the plants grow in over the next few years it should develop into a natural-looking streamside, with protected access for people and horses to reach the stream without damaging the bank.
Maintenance this summer will be important–the new plants must be watered and protected from trampling. RCWG plans to rely on volunteers to help with this effort, and if you’d like to be part of the team, even for just a day or two this summer, we’d love to hear from you.