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Monday, November 16, 2009

NRAC "Re-Vegetation" Project

A big fundraiser at the New River Rendezvous this year was the re-vegetation project. Here is a little history. Kenny Parker, long time climber and part owner of WaterStone Outdoors, was approached with a proposition. "If we (climbing community) can raise $2500 by the last day of the Rendezvous, we get to shave your head." The kicker, La Sportiva would match the $2500 and $5000 would go towards planting native fauna (Tulip Poplar, Black Birch, and Rhododendron) at two of the New River Gorge's most heavily used crags, the Bridge and Junkyard. We easily raised the money, and shaving Kenny's head was quite a spectacle Saturday evening during the Rendezvous. Fast Forward. This past weekend, with the support and collaboration of the National Park Service and several volunteers, we successfully completed the re-vegetation project goals at the Bridge and Junkyard. Below are some pictures from the volunteer-work implemented at the Bridge Buttress. ( NRAC = New River Alliance of Climbers)

Gene rallying the volunteers.

Local Arborist, Everett Hendrixon, "Art is trees" (Hico, WV) supplying the native species

John Perez (NPS Wildlife Biolgist) and Gene Kistler talking over design.

NRAC Volunteers getting it done!

Tulip Poplar, Black Birch, and Rhododendrons.

Wood fiber matting to prevent erosion.

Working on planting in a small rock island.

Johnny P. the stone mason

Tying in split rail fencing to create an enclosure around our newly planted trees.