El Dorado Supports Restoration

Dorado chapter of Trout Unlimited supported the El Dorado National Forest in two restoration projects. Nine members participated in planting of three areas on Alder Creek on November 7. They joined with volunteers from the California Native Plant Society and other organizations to assist the six ENF personnel. About 3-4,000 plants were placed in compacted areas closed from prior dispersed camping. The plants were grown from the 14,000 seed containers planted by EDTU last year. Plantings included lupine, artemesia, coffee berry, goldenrod, currant, squirrel tail grass, ceonothus and gooseberry. Five members turned out on the eighth to assist the ENF soils specialist in protecting a recently closed road on the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River. About 1/2 half mile of road to a dispersed camping area adjacent the river had been closed. The rear half of the road had been ripped to relieve compaction and earthen water bars added. Woody debris and hay were placed on the disturbed surface to inhibit erosion in the coming wet season. This task was noteworthy as few roads are closed during forest restoration projects.

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