The Hard Work Pays Off! Borderland’s Rock Crew

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Borderlands Restoration in Uncategorized
The BR Rock Crew on a structure they built and next to pollinator plants they put into the earth.

Members of the BR Rock Crew: Zach, Oscar, Hugo, Luis, and Ernie saving the world one day at a time. They are sitting on a rock structure they built and next to pollinator plants they planted.

Sandbags slow spread and sink monsoon rain waters at the Babocomari River. Photo credit: Linda Kennedy.

Sandbags slow spread and sink monsoon rain waters at the Babocomari River. Photo credit: Linda Kennedy.

 

The Rock Crew has been hard at work this summer, and they’re proud of it. They built erosion structures at 2 sites: stacking rocks and filling burlap bags with sand to slow, spread, and sink water. You can see in the photo how these bags were placed and how they function in an erosion channel on the Babocomari Ranch. Overtime, the slowed rainwater will deposit soils and slowly rebuild the channel, the increased soil moisture will support vegetation, which will knit together the landscape with their roots, reducing further erosion.

Members of the Rock Crew give a thumbs up after a day planting plants near erosion structures along Harshaw Creek in Patagonia. The rock structures at this site will stabilize banks of yet another erosion cut. Hummingbird plants were planted in these areas. We monitor the effects these plants have on hummingbirds and other pollinators by counting flowers & seeds. If the plants seed – we’ve had a successful pollination & hopefully given one of our pollinator friends some nectar to drink in the process. Hummingbirds at this site are being monitored by the Hummingbird Monitoring Network. Soil moisture will be monitored by the USGS. And all this work starts with a few guys and gals stacking rocks & planting plants! Nicely done team!

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