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What:   Willever Lake Planting, Volunteers Needed!‬

‪Where: Off Jackson Valley Road Mansfield Township, Warren County NJ‬

‪When:  Saturday, March 10, 9:00am‬

‪Ridge&ValleyTU will be planting the old Willever Lake Dam site along the Pohatcong Creek in Mansfield Township on March 10, 2012.  We will need as many volunteers as possible.  We meet at the dam site at 9:00AM.‬



Map:  http://g.co/maps/hjk7y‬



Brian Cowden from TU Nat’l (Musconetcong Home Rivers Initiative Coordinator), members of the USDA-NRCS, and US fish & Wildlife Service will be providing us with willow cuttings and various indigenous species to plant along the barren banks of the Pohatcong Creek in the old Willever Lake location.  This dam was removed last year.  Channel restoration has already been completed; we will just need to help with the plantings to stabilize the silt of the old lake bed.  The cuttings provided will need to be planted immediately (before they break dormancy).  This will be a rain or shine event.‬

‪This will be a family event, and well-mannered children are encouraged to attend. You do not need to be a TU member; friends are welcome.‬

‪Make sure to wear rubber boots or hip waders, the location is muddy and some walking along the stream might be required. Work gloves are also recommended. Tools will be provided, but we are planting mostly ‘slips’ (cuttings), and we hope the soft silt of the lake bed will allow good progress.‬



Looking forward to seeing lots of you there… ☺‬



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Sorry Mike I have a hunter ed class at Pequest in da morning
 

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Mike - we unloaded all of the willow and dogwood cuttings earlier today and they're laying in the ponds to keep wet until Saturday morning's planting. Volunteers should be prepared to get muddy although the site is not too bad. We separated the planting materials on both sides of the stream (Pohatcong Creek) so volunteers don't need to cross the stream if they are not prepared to do so.

Bring gloves and if you have them, hand shears to cut additional willows and dogwoods to add to our cuttings as well as a small hand sledge (to pound rebar which we have to make the cuttings go in more easily). Also, if you have a dead-blow mallet, that helps to pound in the larger black willow stakes. Most of our cuttings can simply be stuck into the ground by hand, so there is some easy work and some not as easy work. Lots of hands will make it go quickly!
 

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16" rubber boots more than enough to cross. We purposely left 1/2 the cuttings on each side or the stream though. That way none of the volunteers needs to even cross the stream unless they want to. But I'm going to put your strong back to work to re-shape some stones into an upstream weir. They were placed to prevent a head cut, but the contractor had no stream restoration experience and they are poorly placed and actually causing bank erosion. I need a few strong backs to move some into better position to both prevent the headcutting and to build a nice pool downstream.

Tons of wild browns in the upstream area, and they'll move into this area as soon as they get some plant canopy and deeper pools as the channel restores itself.
 
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