This is a re-post we’d like to share from Mark Boling, President-V+ Development Solutions at Southwestern Energy. Mark describes our collaboration well, we’d like to thank him and the staff at SWN once again for recognizing the Archey Fork Little Red River as the important resource that it is for the community of Clinton. See the posting here https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-partnerships-between-industry-conservation-groups-mark-boling?trk=prof-post
A great time was had last Thursday with our Archey Fork partners and friends in Clinton. The city of Clinton kindly hosted us all to a fantastic fish fry, following the dedication of the project, and we can’t say thank you enough. We are lucky to work in such a great community!
The project tour promptly followed the dedication where the methodology for restoring the river was explained. All the new structures in the river, including the toe-wood, J-hook, and boulder riffles were showcased and their function in the river described. If you missed it, no worries! As mentioned at the event, The Nature Conservancy will continue to monitor the project, irrigate the newly planted vegetation, and fund-raise for Phase III of the project over the next six months. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these efforts, please email Joy DeClerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) we are always looking for new friends in the community that are interested in getting involved! Thanks again to the City of Clinton for the wonderful fish fry and to Southwestern Energy, without your substantial contribution this project would not be a reality.
We are long overdue for an update and have lots to share! It may take several posts to catch everyone up to speed on progress, spring floods, growth, and park enhancements. First, let me invite everyone to the park on June 11th for a dedication of Phase II of the project, funded in majority by Southwestern Energy Company. Please click the link here for the Phase II Dedication Invitation. We will gather at Archey Fork Park, rain or shine, at 10 am for brief remarks, refreshments, and a tour of the project along the city’s new River Walk Trail. We hope you will join us, you’ll be amazed at the river’s new look!
We concluded Phase II construction in February/March of this year and proceeded to plant over 200 trees along the river banks. Thanks so much to Carol Corning and the Clinton High School students and especially to the Southwestern Energy employees who dedicated time towards our planting efforts along the river and making enhancements along the Archey Fork Park trail.
Although it was a stormy day, 16 Southwest Energy employees came with shovels and wheelbarrows in hand on May 15th to help with park enhancements along Town Branch at the east end of the park. The rain didn’t deter these folks as we brought in stone from Stevens Stone Supply and proceeded to make stone tree rings that we later mulched. These were not easy to build and everyone worked hard, thank you SWN!
After all the rain these planted trees have had in the last several weeks, they are sure to do well in their new environment! As always though the heat and summer dryness will eventually come and we’ll be prepared. Despite only using our irrigation system once or twice last year, we will set it up again and every 10 days it doesn’t rain, we’ll pump a nominal amount of water out of the river to irrigate the newly planted trees.
As many of you have seen for yourself, Dwight Wilson with the City of Clinton has been hard at work extending the walking trail into the newly acquired park area and along Phase I of the river restoration project. Thank you to Charles Wilson for clearing the area and Dwight for creating a way for people to see and learn about the restoration work we have completed, the trail looks great!
We hope to see everyone at the June 11th event so you can see the good work for yourself.