CMCTU volunteers worked to collect and plant willows to improve the habitat on the Dream Stream in May 2016.
Volunteers harvested more than 2500 Willow cuttings on May 7th for later planting along the South Platte River a the location known as “The Dream Stream”.
Willows provide many benefits to the stream environment. One of the benefits of the willow is the growth of a dense root system which aids in the stabilizing the soil along the stream edge.
The Colorado Park and Wildlife department works here to improve the habitat along the South Platte River at the Dream Stream. The stream became wide and shallow which results in warmer water and little habitat for the trout to hide, reside or hunt.
Here an outside bank is being stabilized with logs and trees with root wads. These logs are suspended above the ground to provide an under bank hiding place for trout. The logs and trees will be covered with slash which will then be covered with sod. This sod will then be stabilized with willows. Over time the river current will scour the bottom under these logs and maintain and improve the habitat.
Many trout have been showing talon injuries in this area of the stream. so trout, as they move up and down this stream, will use these areas to protect themselves from predators from the air.