Volunteer Planting Event at Honolulu Bar
By Trevor Meadows, Restoration Biologist
On January 26, River Partners and FishBio hosted a volunteer planting event along the Stanislaus River at Honolulu Bar (Knights Ferry, Stanislaus County, California).
The Honolulu Bar Restoration Project is on lands owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and is funded by the USFWS Anadromous Fish Restoration Program and the Oakdale Irrigation District. This project’s main focus is to create salmon spawning habitat. FishBio graded a side channel of the Stanislaus River and selected the proper substrates to host nesting Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha).
River Partners created the re-vegetation design, incorporating riparian plants that contribute habitat components (eventual shaded riverine aquatic habitat) and food sources (by attracting invertebrates) for Salmonids.
The event was attended by members of the surrounding community (Oakdale, Riverbank and Modesto), the California Native Plant Society, and the San Joaquin Regional Conservation Corps. The volunteers planted Black Willow (Salix gooddingii), Sandbar Willow (Salix exigua) and Cottonwood (Populus fremontii), and Valley Oak (Quercus lobata). The entire 2.4 acre project will be planted through volunteer efforts.
The above article originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of the River Partners Journal.