Volunteers needed for streambank stabilization project near Thompson River

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Volunteers are being sought to help plant willow tree stakes at the site of the streambank stabilization project near the Thompson River Bridge on Highway 6 near Trenton.

Spokesperson Chris Hoffman says anyone can help with the work, which will start December 11th at 8 o’clock in the morning and is expected to be done by noon. Trenton FFA and Boy Scouts have specifically been contacted to help.

Volunteers are asked to exit off the gravel that cuts through to the Charlie Dye Bridge, park on the grass, and walk across the field to the river. Volunteers can bring rubber mallets if they have them. Hoffman suggested volunteers wear boots and dress for the weather.

Hoffman explains it was suggested planting willow stakes would help with the streambank stabilization, as vegetation growing will hold the bank. He notes willow trees are dormant this time of year. Small ones can be cut into two to three-foot sections and planted at a 45-degree angle, and they will start growing in the spring.

A group of eight individuals cut between 5,000 and 10,000 stakes on December 4th to be planted on December 11th.

More information about the volunteer opportunity can be obtained by calling Chris Hoffman at 660-359-1842.

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