On February 28 & 29th, volunteers participated in an innovative willow staking project along a stretch of riverbank in Lower Meramec Park. On Friday, volunteers harvested, cut and prepared 600+ willow stakes. The willows were cut into 18″ stakes and then soaked overnight in buckets of water. The following day, volunteers planted the willow stakes along 10,000 square feet of riverbank.
A small selection of the stakes were added to last year’s willow staking site to fill in gaps between existing willow stakes and the rest of the willows were staked in a new site farther down the trail. This section of previously barren riverbank will be monitored by our partners at St. Louis County Parks in the coming year – so stay tuned for updates! To learn more about the process and why willows are used for stabilizing banks, read our previous blog post.
A huge thanks to our volunteers and a special thanks to Great Rivers Greenway District, St. Louis County Parks, American Water Charitable Foundation and Open Space Council members for their support of this project.