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Mesic Beginnings

Crew members build a rock beaver mimicry dam

This season the crew is starting off strong working in the South Dakota sun helping build beaver mimicry dams, i.e Mesic Restoration. A brand new project, the crew is learning day by day how to build strong structures to stop erosion and restore the natural vegetation of the gulches. There are 2 main structures the crew is learning to build; rock based and wood based. Needless to say both are a muddy affair and these big kids are loving the muck.

"Building these dams makes me feel like a kid again. I love the mess, and I love learning about the impact of these structures in the ecosystem even more."

"It's really fun to work with agencies and landowners to help improve the watershed."

"Learning hands on about sustainable agriculture practices is rewarding."