2018 Cottonwood Restoration Project

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Bailey Hazlewood

The sixth-annual cottonwood restoration project was a success. Our cooperated project was started to combat the loss of cottonwood trees within the monument’s ecosystem. Cottonwoods are a keystone species in the Breaks; however, in the past 50 years the rate of cottonwood regeneration has slowed, largely due to a lack of natural flooding events in the Breaks. In the past five years, the partnership between FMB and the BLM has successfully re-established nearly 430 trees at seven sites. This year, with the help of the BLM and our volunteers, we were able to plant 140 young trees along the Bailey Hazlewood site.