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Final Hurdles

A worker drives stakes into a creek bed to create an artificial beaver dam

The last push for the Wildland Restoration Team began in Nebraska, helping on land owned by the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. After working most of the year on dry ranch land, it was a huge change of pace to work in running water. Constantly wet, we were still amazed to see the quick change in the channel as we built damns from posts, fiery sumac, and sod. Beavers are spurred on to build damns by the sound of dripping water and we truly understood that perspective as we built. We continued this watery work to Chamberlin, South Dakota, and up to eastern Montana.

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