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Croy Creek Wetland Restoration

Project Date:  2015 – 2020

Public Access: Yes – Along the Croy Creek Wetland boardwalk<

The Croy Creek Wetland is an incredible asset to the Wood River Valley. The boardwalk that contours the wetland allows visitors to get extremely close to sensitive aquatic areas, and provides immersion into the sights and sounds of nature. Over the years, an invasive species of bunchgrass called reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) has become established in the wetlands surrounding the boardwalk. Reed canarygrass forms a monoculture of dense, matted vegetation that crowds out the native species and provides little to no habitat value for native wildlife.

Beginning in 2015, Wood River Land Trust will begin a project to remove the invasive reed canarygrass, and to revegetate the wetland with native species. This will be a multi-year project, as the methods to remove the stubborn grass require significant time and effort. Once the grass is successfully removed, revegetation can begin followed by stewardship to encourage establishment of the native species that will be planted once the invasive grass is under control.

View the restoration process through our wildlife cameras. Click on the icon to experience the wetland remotely.

 
 
 
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Elkhorn Creek Restoration

Project Date:  2015
Public Access:
Yes – Along the Blaine County Recreation District bike path
Partners: Hal McNee
Hal McNee approached Wood River Land Trust with the desire to conduct a restoration project along Elkhorn Creek, in honor of his late wife Sharon. A section of Elkhorn Creek, just northeast of their home in Lane Ranch, has been in an altered state for over 50 years. The berm that was installed obscures the creek’s view from the bike path and channels it in a way that restricts the water’s ability to meander naturally. The Land Trust’s plan to restore Elkhorn Creek is to remove the berm and revegetate the area so it can return to a more natural state and be enjoyed by the community.