Despite struggling with the bonfires on a windless morning, our crew still managed to clear about 300′ of brush and debris off the banks on Duncan Creek farther up from the County SS bridge. Thanks to the following volunteers: Chuck Bomar, Dale Dahlke, Ben Gumz, Bill Heth, Keith Krajewski, Bob Mitchell, Russell Stone, and Steven Voller. I am sure these guys slept well last night, though I’ll be surprised if Keith could get out of bed after the 4+ hours he spent crouching with a chainsaw.
Alders and boxelders are weak-rooted and tend to lean out over the creek, eventually falling in and pushing flow to the opposite bank. The eventual result is erosion and further widening of the channel, which is evident along Duncan at this spot. Removing streamside brush helps grasses grow to stabilize the banks and provide scour pools, and favors more in-stream vegetation which supports fish food and habitat.