Project aims to restore land near Homestake Creek
May 14, 2012
MINTURN, Colorado – The Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District is working in partnership with the Eagle River Watershed Council and the National Forest Foundation to rehabilitate several dispersed campsites located along the south side of Homestake Creek.
The White River National Forest requires that campers stay 100 feet from any water source when setting up camp. By following this requirement the public can help reduce the compaction of riparian soils, protect vegetation, decrease the introduction of noxious weeds, reduce water pollution from unmanaged human waste, keep excess sediment out of the stream and protect bankside vegetation and fish habitat.
Campers have opportunities to recreate near Homestake Creek at dispersed campsites along the north side of the Homestake Road and at Hornsilver and Gold Park Campgrounds.——
Restoration begins this week. This work consists of ripping the compacted soil and planting native grasses, willows, and small conifer trees. Natural barriers and fencing will be constructed to discourage future disturbance to these sensitive areas.–