Bear River Land Conservancy is always thrilled when we are asked to aid students at USU with projects, and this spring has been no different. Three students worked on projects on Bear River Bottoms property.
Liisa Smith, a Utah State University, Quinney College of Natural Resources student, worked with us this spring semester in order to install several ground water monitoring wells. This data will be useful in proving the site suitable for future wetland mitigation.
Nathan Nealley worked to plant 75 Coyote Willows on the shores of one of the UDOT wetland mitigation ponds. This included drilling holes first with a 6" power auger and then with a 3" hand auger until the water table was reached. The willow shoots were then planted in the holes and the hope is that they will survive into next year and spread, providing habitat and cover for birds at the wetlands. The willows were planted in a grid pattern along slopes in order to provide survival data that we can use in future efforts.
Kyle Renner worked in order to confirm the legal descripion of the BRB conservation easement boundaries with GPS software.
We are always on the look out for ways in which we can facilitate education.