In April 2017 BMGR staff and a group of volunteers planted over $9,000 of native seed, trees, and shrubs. The area selected was adjacent to the first phase of the water restoration project that was completed in late July 2016 by Craig Sponholtz, founder of Water Artisans. (See Water restoration project) After the project was completed in 2016 BMGR planted 2500 herbaceous plugs along the newly formed banks of the now meandering and cascading stream, along with transplanting close to 75 cattails from the beaver ponds below. In addition 400 lbs of oats and 3-way barley were planted immediately afterwards, putting organic matter back into the soil and stabilizing the steeper banks.

After the completion of the project Clint Wirick, Wildlife Biologist from our local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW), who had been visiting the BMGR property for over 3 years, mainly because of the continual progression of the beaver ponds throughout our arroyo, came to see the project and aided us in finding avenues for funding to assist with native vegetation planting for the water project and the continuation of the water restoration phase 3.

In the fall of 2016, independent of the USFW, BMGR applied for grant money through the Nature Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) for the current and upcoming water and land projects, including but not limited to Phase 2 and 3 of the water restoration project, and native seeds/vegetation and keylining. The local NRCS granted $10,000 towards native seeds for pasture remediation and fencing to protect those areas. The native seed that was funded by the NRCS was used in conjunction with our Keyline Plow in the various alfalfa fields throughout the 170 acres.

In April 2017 Volunteers from Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP), Trout unlimited and local Boulderites came together and planted 1,781 native seedlings and over 300 lbs of native seed…all in one day. The volunteers not only learned about the variety of native plants, but where to plant them in relation to the water project and the proper way of caring for them until they are able to survive on their own.

The biodiverse area sprouted a variety of native plants, grasses, and trees within a couple months. Over 70% of the seedlings planted took including 57 of the 62 cottonwood trees.

Thanks to the efforts of David Dobbs with NRCS, Sue Fearon with the GSENM, who helped bridge the gaps between us and the departments, and Clint Wirick with Fish and Wildlife we have been able to see this beloved project taken to a new level in just a short period of time.

Through this experience we have been privy to working with these wonderful field biologist and the agencies they are working for. We encourage you to do the same. They are here to support sustainable land and water projects and are willing to help in more ways than funding. We encourage you to invite your local agencies to see what projects you are working on….

 

Photos Taken in August 2017

 

 

 

NATIVE PLANTS SPECIES AND PLANTING SCHEDULE

Planted in April 2017
14 water birch
40 golden currants
60 oakleaf sumac
50 silverleaf buffalo berry
62 Fremont Cottonwood
15 fourwing salt bush
500 baltic rush plugs 3″
500 Bebbs Sedge
250 Nebraska Sedge
200 Creeping Spike rush
100 RedTop Grass
Seeded with
300 lbs of mixed seeds
Palmer Penstemon
Gooselberryleaf Globemallow
Native Rocky Mtn Beeplant
Native Annual Sunflower
Blanketflower
White evening primrose

Planted in July/August 2017
1250 Nebraska sedge
1250 Torrey Rush
40 Transplanted Cattails
Seeded with 400 lbs of oats/3-way barley
Seeds Planted in fields with Keyline plow
in 2017
Seeds planted in Fields for keylining
Shoshone Sainfron
Cache Meadow Brome
Rustler Tall Fescue
Red Clover Medium