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Putting Cottonwoods Back into Cottonwood

April 27, 2014

We had another great service day out here at Cottonwood this weekend. In partnership with Solve and Western Rivers 15 volunteers planted 70 trees and shrubs; cleaned up two acres filling half a dumpster; and finished the landscaping in the camp loop. Makes me tired just writing it all down.

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This volunteer project was the final “connection” of a major restoration planting on over a mile of the John Day from the upriver side of the bridge down along the entrance through day use and continuing to the campground. This restoration effort includes planting almost 2000 Alder, Cottonwood, Choke Cherry, Mock Orange, Currant and Nootka Rose along with seeding of native grasses. Over the coming years this will develop into a mature riparian community providing habitat and cooling shade. Great for the critters two footed, four footed and winged.

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