Parker Creek BrushingKiap Volunteers on a Winter Work Day
Brushing and Restoration Work:
Work on Parker Creek during in the past few years included approximately one mile of stream and bank restoration. Sixty-one structures were built and placed. Work on Parker in 2009-11 was pretty intensive and included a lot of restoration of steep banks with hand seeding and mulching. We had excellent volunteer numbers on Parker. The DNR and volunteers worked from the crossing at County J downstream to Pleasant Avenue, about one mile of stream. We averaged 12 volunteers per night. Many box elders were removed; a lot of seeding and mulching of stream banks had to be done by hand because of the meanders and some steep hill sides. Randy’s renovated mulcher continued to work without a hitch.
During the winter of 2012-2013, volunteers cleared box elders from Parker’s banks upstream of County Hwy J. This was done to prevent re-infestation of the restored stretch. The remaining stumps were removed by the DNR with bulldozers in September, 2013.
Kiap-TU-Wish continues its hard work and efforts to protect and restoring this important resource. Photos below show the project work.
Thanks to the very steady crew of volunteers who showed up and worked at
Parker Creek last winter and through the spring and summer.
Parker Creek Update
2014: Below Pleasant Avenue near River Falls and Beldonville, Parker Creek flows through more than two miles of brushy, box elder infested land before reaching the Kinni. A winter access road had been created by the DNR starting from the parking lot on Pleasant. Tree cutting and brushing began on Saturday, January 18. The piles of dry wood, branches, and tree tops are being burned as we go.
Before each work day, notices are being sent out and also posted on this web site. As of early February, a couple hundred feet of the river is fishable from the bank.Volunteers are welcome to bring a chain saw plus safety equipment, or simply pile brush for a couple of hours and enjoy roasting brats on the fire.
Fairmount Santrol will be hosting a Rush River Cleanup again this year, and we would love for you to join us. The date is Saturday, April 22. We will be meeting at the Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club, as in years past. We will meet at 8:30am to sign up for locations...
VOLUNTEER UPDATE Feb 21, 2017 Last night at the board meeting we talked a little about the potential for some volunteer involvement on habitat projects up in Polk County. The trout streams in this area are under the jurisdiction of Aaron Cole, fisheries biologist...
Watch for volunteering opportunities starting soon. Winter is a great time for Kiap-TU-Wish volunteers to get into the outdoors. We typically have Saturday morning workdays that involve cutting brush and invasives from our local streams. These 3-4 hour get together is...
The Rush River clean-up this year will be held on Saturday April 23rd from 8:30 till noon. Fairmount Santrol is sponsoring and organizing the event again this year. Those interested in volunteering to help with the clean-up are asked to contact Lauren Evans either by...