What: Mulching of 800+ trees and shrubs (and some replacement planting as well)
Where: Bitter Lick Creek (a tributary of Elk Creek in the upper Rogue watershed)
When: Thursday, 10 November; 9:00 – 3:30
How: Carpool from RRWC office (89 Alder St., Central Point) and Shady Cove Market
We’re looking for 20 hardy souls to help us in this mulching and planting effort. Hardy, because this is not a job for sissies! We’ll be hand carrying buckets of mulch along a trail that can be uneven, rocky, slippery and covered with vegetation in some places. (It’s not all that difficult of work, but we want anyone with a history of back, hip, knee, or ankle complaints to be forewarned!) A few of you may be doing replacement plantings of 50 – 100 plants. Tools will be provided, as will lunch and drinks.
Invite your friends to join you and give us a call (541-423-6158), reply to this mailing or e-mail email@example.com to be added to the Bitter Lick Mulching Event list. Callers after the first 20 will be put on a waiting list in case of cancellations. We will contact volunteers with more information as we get closer to the event date. If you have immediate questions, please call Donna at 541-423-6185.
This is a great opportunity to see a part of the watershed that might be unfamiliar to you while helping improve salmon habitat at the same time. The trees and shrubs to be mulched were planted to restore and enhance a riparian area degraded through logging and impacted by recent instream habitat improvement activities. Bitter Lick Creek is considered critical habitat for Coho Salmon and offers important rearing habitat for both Coho and steelhead. The upper Rogue watershed, which includes Bitter Lick Creek, produces about one-third of the wild Coho Salmon in the entire Rogue basin!
We need your help!