Missouri River Cottonwoods: A Plan for Restoration
Jan 30 by Lied Lodge Blog in Arbor Day, Cottonwoods, General, Missouri River, Nature, Trees tagged Arbor Day Farm, Arbor Day Foundation, cottonwoods, Missouri River, Nebraska City, The Nature Conservancy, tree care, trees with no comments
Gathering near Union, Nebraska, the volunteer crew set out to collect as many as 10,000 healthy donor cuttings that will be replanted in the Missouri River Valley this spring.
Tyler Janke of The Nature Conservancy explained that as much as 80% of the cottonwood forest along the river corridor has been lost to habitat change, flooding, and just old age. This concerted effort to restore the riparian forest will benefit a variety of native wildlife — from beavers to bald eagles — and will help stabilize the river bank.
This is the third time volunteer groups from these organizations have worked together specifically on cottonwood restoration along the Missouri River, with first cuttings taken in February 2012, a planting event in May 2012, and gathering last week to harvest more cuttings.
Photos courtesy Carrie Benes, the Arbor Day Foundation.