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Black River Restoration Reviewed

As a member of the Black River Area of Concern, Col. Nahorn attended this organization’s quarterly meeting in July 2016 in order to aid in moving the business of the group forward and also discuss and view some of the latest stream bank restoration projects in the lower Black River.  These restoration projects include re-vegetating stream banks with native plants and trees; re-creating rocky ledges known as “fish shelves” for fish breeding and shelter; and floodplain restoration.  After the potluck meal and subsequent business meeting, a boat tour was taken of the lower Black River from the Landing upriver to just beyond Bungart Island.  Restoration sites were pointed out, and a few may be noted below:

Stream bank restoration with native plantings and rock stabilization walls.

Stream bank restoration with native plantings and rock stabilization walls (after finding a seep).

Great blue heron rookery area, adjacent to floodplain restoration sites. Nearly 300 nests have been logged here, along this bend in the Canesadooharie.

Great blue heron rookery area, adjacent to floodplain restoration sites. Nearly 300 nests have been logged here, along this bend in the Canesadooharie.

Stream bank restoration site.

Stream bank restoration site.

Finally, we welcome the LoCo Yak group and thank them for their deeper participation in the furtherance of this important action group.  Much has been accomplished over the years, and we appreciate the LoCo Yaks for their dedication and choice to step forward at this crucial moment.