Volunteers wanted for North Star Preserve bank stabilization project | AspenTimes.com

Volunteers wanted for North Star Preserve bank stabilization project

North Star Nature Preserve, along the Roaring Fork River just east of Aspen, offers significant wildlife habitat both along the river corridor and in the adjoining meadows and wetlands. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will plant native willows on a re-graded riverbank as part of this bio-stabilization project. The organization is still looking for volunteers to join the project.

Early settlers altered the course of the river to create more arable land. Over time this eroded the river banks and destroyed the native riparian habitat. One of these river banks threatens a mature stand of cottonwoods near a rookery where great blue herons nest annually.

This is a family friendly project, so feel free to bring children. The organization’s youth coordinator will have age-appropriate activities for kids ages 7 and up. If your child would like to participate in these activities, email Zoe at zmanickam@rfov.org.

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