Water levels at Beaver Creek in Troutdale have been at extreme highs in the past few weeks; Reynolds Natural Resource Academy students who have come out to the site in the past few weeks can attest to this.
Water has receded and students were able to continue their work this week, planting on eroded banks and bioengineering for bank stabilization with willow and dogwood stakes. The technique the students used is called fascine bundles, or wattles, which are bundles of live and dead plant material. The live plant material is taken from plant species which root readily, like willow and dogwood; the bundles are prepared and placed in a shallow trench near the creek. Students harvested willow and dogwood already growing at Beaver Creek and assembled the stakes, or branches, into bundles, fastened with twine. Students dug trenches on the eroding banks, inserted the bundles and covered them again with remaining soil.
These fascine bundles will really benefit the creek as they root, further stabilizing the eroding banks and providing plants to push back water when the creek floods. Reynolds students worked alongside Timber Lake Job Corps members, who are working with SOLV on some projects this season. Job Corps members are from the Forestry and Fire Fighting trade and have been exceptional in the quality and quantity of the work they have done in just a few days.