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Tree Planting Project

Area youth planting trees along lower Mill Creek

On April 28 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Wind River Alliance, and a group of reservation youths, along with their mentor Bedeaux Wesaw, braved a cold and windy day to plant almost 1,000 trees in Reservation riparian areas. The trees were provided by the USFWS for stream bank stabilization and habitat improvements on the Wind River reservation. The first stop was Lower Mill Creek on the Givens Ranch where half the trees were planted.

The trees were planted along areas that were disturbed by a 2002 stream restoration project (see story on page 9). Due to an approaching rainstorm the other half of the trees, intended for Bull Lake Creek were planted at a closer location along the banks of Goose Pond. All trees planted were native species, including Chokecherry, Native Plum, Buffalo berry, Currant, and Red Osier Dogwood.