When the live stakes installed during the original ‘Backyard Stream Repair Workshop’ along Brandy Branch (in the housing development, Mills River Village) were washed out by heavy rains, we knew we had to do something better.
In partnership with the landowner, Mills River Partnership asked for engineering help and design from Dr. Greg Jennings, President/Owner of Jennings Environmental, contracting work by Darrell Westmoreland, Founder & CEO of North State Environmental, and workshop help from NC State Cooperative Extension agents, Mitch Woodward and Bill Lord.
The workshop details were well underway, MRP was sourcing plants left and right... And since the workshop had a registration fee this time (for a bigger, more involved workshop), NCSU Cooperative Extension sponsored our lunch for the day!
So, in preparation for the workshop, MRP sourced trees from Hillside Nursery Wholesale, shrubs from Southeastern Native Plant Nursery, perennials from Botanical Treasures Nursery, live stakes harvested by Sierra Nevada Brewey and MRP staff, and whips harvested by RiverLink volunteers, as well as North State Environmental and MRP staff.
For the day of the workshop, over 25 people attended the morning session taught by Mitch Woodward (Cooperative Extension), Dr. Greg Jennings (Jennings Environmental), and Stephen Joyce (Landscaping & Planting Manager, North State Environmental). Lunch was provided by Joey’s New York Bagels, a delicious local eatery.. And after lunch, we carpooled to the project site and completed the “hands-on” portion of the workshop by discussing restoration and mitigation specifics on-site and installing the final plant details (with the assistance of waders borrowed from Mountain True).
At the end of it all, we were all thrilled with the results and the landowner even brought cookies and cider for everyone...
While in turn, MRP presented her with a ‘Mills River Steward’ sign for her dedication to protecting the quality of the Mills River.
A perfect ending to a wonderful workshop with many moving parts;
& An erosion nightmare that no longer exists.