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MichCon’s remediation work has cleared several large trees, which opens up the view across the piece of property from the Argo Cascades side of the river. [photo]

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  1. By Donna Estabrook
    September 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm | permalink

    As I walked by the Argo Cascades the other day and saw the trees being felled (I heard the great swoosh and thud as one toppled) I wondered why these seemingly healthy trees are being destroyed. I can’t imagine that they are contributing to the conditions that require remediation.

  2. September 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm | permalink

    From the MichCon web site describing what they are doing:

    “Unfortunately, many large trees along the riverbank on the eastern portion of the property must be removed in order to completely excavate the impacted site soils. We have worked with the City’s Forester and Natural Preservationist to develop a Natural Features Plan for the site that will compensate for the loss of trees. Not only will more than 200 native trees be planted on-site, but we are planting bands of native shrubs and sedges and grasses along the river to provide high-quality riparian habitat. We are also installing rounded glacial stones along the river bank to stabilize the channel and provide high-quality fish habitat.”

    I know that it will take years before this stretch of the river is once again shaded by mature trees.

  3. By Donna Estabrook
    September 5, 2012 at 10:50 am | permalink

    Thanks, Sabra. I guess we’ll just have to be patient. The bank along the Cascades which was barren this summer because of the lack of rain, I suppose, is now covered with black-eyed susans. Were these deliberately planted? It seems unlikely that so many would spring up as volunteers. In any case it looks very cheery and probably helps to keep the bank from eroding.