Flooding footage over toe-wood structure in Phase I

We are long past due for an update, but we’ve been hard at work on Phase II of the restoration project which is now nearly complete!  First – check out this short slide show that captures several flood events that have occurred since last years work.  You will see how great the toe-wood structure functions to keep the high velocities of the river in the center of the channel sparing many river birch and sycamore trees from being eroded away into the river.

Also, read this great story written about the project this month in the Arkansas Times!

http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/restoring-the-little-red-and-more/Content?oid=3566137

Lastly, look at a few photos of how great our transplants of alder, willow, sycamore, and river birch survived and thrived after the first growing season, a great success!

Sneak Peak!

The day has come and Phase I of this project is complete!  Take a sneak peek and click on a few photos below to see the finished project following a significant flow event that occurred just one day after construction was complete!  Stay tuned for a full post including more details of the last month of project construction as well as photos and video during high flows.

-Joy DeClerk, Project Lead

November Project Update

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Project construction is nearing the end!  In the months of October and November, we’ve completed two, 500+ linear feet toewood structures and transplanted nearly 50 trees on the outside banks of the Archey Fork river.  These trees consisted of willows, alders, sycamore, and river birch – all extracted onsite!  Image

We held field tours of the project site on October 22nd for the Clinton Chamber of Commerce group and guests, and again on November 19th for The Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees and members of The Nature Conservancy’s North America Management Team.  Joy DeClerk also delivered a project update to the Upper Little Red Audubon Society on the evening of October 22nd.

We want to thank the local people of Clinton for engaging with us as we implement this project.  We have been excited to see your active involvement, questions, and enthusiasm for what we anticipate to be a big enhancement to the City Park, the floodplain, and the river and all of its inhabitants.  Please see the series of photos for the work that has been completed to date.

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As we begin to butt up against mother nature’s plans for this winter with rain, ice, and snow accumulating over the last week, we are focused solely on our last task at hand – the J-Hook structure.  This is the last structure we are building before finally opening up the channel and allowing the main flow of water through the newly constructed river bends.  Once weather allows, we anticipate this final structure complete within a week’s time.