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Alta Harris Creek

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Andy                   10-Feb-07  
                       14-Feb-07  
                       17-Feb-07  
                       19-Feb-07  
Jeff                   23-Feb-07  
                       10-Mar-07  
Andy                   05-Apr-07  
andy                   07-Apr-07  
Andy                  15-Apr-07  
andy                  28-Apr-07  


Subject: Alta Harris Creek
From: Andy
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Date: 10-Feb-07

This thread will be used to keep track of the development of Alta Harris Creek and announcements of work projects.

Today Skip Vetten and I seeded the area around the outlet of Alta Harris Creek. The last 300 feet of channel was constructed in December 2006 and lots of disturbed area needed some seeding to get some grass growing and compete with the inevitable weed invasion.


Subject: RE: Alta Harris Creek
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Date: 14-Feb-07

Trout Unlimited continues to make progress on habitat improvement along the Boise River and we continue expand the community of people interested in helping with the projects.

We have a need for some work this weekend to gather willow cuttings. The cuttings will be put in the banks of a new section of Alta Harris Creek at Harris Ranch. Students from Riverstone Community School will be doing the planting on Thursday, February 22nd and we need to provide them with a supply of willow and cottonwood cuttings, thus this call for assistance needed on Saturday, February 17.

Our plan is to harvest cuttings from the west end of Harris Ranch on the site where the future East Parkcenter Bridge and approach will be constructed, thus utilizing some plants that may end up in the future in the way of a dozer anyway.

The basics: Saturday, February 17, 2007, 9:00 a.m. to noon or so. Warm Springs Avenue at Wise Way (Idaho Shakespeare warehouse is there), just east of the Warm Springs Mesa area. Turn right (south) on Wise Way and drive through the gate at the end of the road and park at our meeting place. We'll make our way back to the site to gather willow. Bring: Loppers, hand cutting tools (clippers to trim small branches, saws for larger poles), gloves, glasses (avoid that eye poke). Weather forecast looks favorable (sunny, low 34 high 56).

If we gather more than enough cuttings we will be able to use some at our Julia Creek daylighting project site, also under construction.

If interested please email to tutedtrue@aol.com


Subject: RE: Alta Harris Creek
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Date: 17-Feb-07

Good turnout today and more than 400 cuttings were made in the Marianne Williams park area and hauled to the lower pool at Alta Harris Creek for planting next Thursday the 22nd.


Subject: RE: Alta Harris Creek
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Date: 19-Feb-07

Fantastic, Andy. Nice work! Such a beautiful day it was too. Look forward to getting as many in as we can on Thursday. Sounds like plenty for Julia Davis as well. Have a nice Presidents Day! Pam

From: Tutedtrue@aol.com [mailto:Tutedtrue@aol.com] Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2007 7:00 PM To: jeff_flyfisher@yahoo.com Cc: james@idunionlaw.com; Pam Smolczynski Subject: Re: cuttin' and plantin'

Several hundred cuttings are soaking in the downstream pool on Alta Creek. Pam sent me some willow literature that I happened to read not until last night and it recommends soaking the entire cutting for a few days prior to planting.

In a message dated 2/14/07 2:29:14 PM, jeff_flyfisher@yahoo.com writes:

Hey Andy; Had a noon meeting at the TU office. I picked up the nippers/hand pruners from Pam (7 pairs) so we'll have those to use on Saturday. Hope that saves you a trip. Also, Pam and I have been in regular contact with Jim Harper the teacher from Riverstone. He is solid for Thursday afternoon's planting (Feb 22nd). I believe Pam will 'T' it up and also give a brief conservation talk about what we're attempting at Harris Creek. I just pitched the story to Roger Phillips and he is interested in doing a story on kids in conservation and TU for his Saturday article. So I think we'll get a little milage for our TU educational outreach for Harris Ranch. Good photo op, weather providing, that should resonate with our national conference attendees in September, I'm thinking. Lastly, I want to make a pitch to Jim (the teacher) about incorporating some student-led artwork for Harris Ranch. These are tenth graders so we're not talking fingerpaints and glue. I'm thinking we use it as part of an on site interpretive package or as a self-aggrandizing flyer about TU's work with students and fish habitat. Any other suggestions would be welcomed by yours truly. I just want to put it out there that these kids do some pretty incredible art work--many of whom go on to become professional artists (whatever the hell that means). And I think we need to think about utilizing these talents beyond the stream. cheers, Jeff


Subject: RE: Alta Harris Creek
From: Jeff
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Date: 23-Feb-07

We had a good group of 10th graders and three teachers. I took about 10 photos of students dilligently working away. Jim Harper took a bunch as well that he has promised to avail to us. We were chased out by the storm, but we did get a good stretch planted immediately upstream of the lowest culvert and access road. Just a thought: Jim and I put all the remaining bound cuttings completely submurged in a deeper pool at Pam's request. I'm thinking submursion will allow some level of winter dormancy of the cuttings to be extended... therefore buying us a little more time into March. Jim's class was very interested in helping us again. I realize the clock is ticking, but I'm hoping in the next couple weekends we are able to get those cuttings in place.


Subject: RE: Alta Harris Creek
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Date: 10-Mar-07

Wed. March 7 we had students from Timberline HS planting willow cuttings just upstream of the pool.

Friday the 9th 17 students from Bishop Kelly HS planted cuttings from the culvert to the mouth of the channel. They also filled the bottom of the culvert with gravel.


Subject: RE: Alta Harris Creek
From: Andy
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Date: 05-Apr-07

On Sat. April 7 we will meet in the afternoon near Eckert Bridge and put in some straw wattles and straw bales to check up the water.


Subject: RE: Alta Harris Creek
From: andy
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Date: 07-Apr-07

We blocked the downstream culvert with four straw bales and also put in a couple of check dams with burlap wattles. The water is slowly infiltrating the channel and should be filling by Wednesday. Rick, James and Steve Clayton were there too.


Subject: RE: Alta Harris Creek
From: Andy
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Date: 15-Apr-07

Dena Duke brought out 50 students and parents from Anser Charter School on April 11 and we planted 400 sedges and rush along the stream bank.


Subject: RE: Alta Harris Creek
From: andy
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Date: 28-Apr-07

On Friday the 27th we had a dozen students from Meridian Academy and we spent 90 minutes pulling weeds in the riparian around some of willow plants. This action should help relieve some of the competition and give the willow and other desireable plants a chance to grow.


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