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River Restoration Season Begins
Winter rains are a harbinger for a great restoration season. This year the Stewardship Program will be focusing efforts on Cottonwood Creek close to the Madera entrance of Millerton Lake. Cottonwood Creek is an historical salmon stream and has the potential to once again host spawning salmon and steelhead. Entering the San Joaquin River just below Friant Dam, Cottonwood Creek is a vital source for woody debris and nutrients for salmon that will be overwintering in the area.
The Stewardship Program will be planting cottonwoods, willows, oregon ash, sycamores and native grasses along the riparian corridor of Cottonwood Creek. Blue Oaks, quail bush and coyote bush will be planted in upland areas. Rooted stock, poles and seeds will be used.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the planting. Dates can be arranged for groups to do a planting project. Individuals can sign up on the program web site.
Above average rainfall is going to make this a great season for restoration. Plan on getting involved today!
Web Site: www.sanjoaquinriver.org