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Little Hoot Island tree planting

Published June 7, 2013
Planting crew spreads out across the island to plant seedlings

Planting crew spreads out across the island to plant seedlings

Volunteers representing, the Student Conservation Association, School on the Prairie from Holmen, Wis., as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Corps employees, converged on Little Hoot Island on the Mississippi River in Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minn., to plant 750 tree and shrub seedlings, on May 23, 2013.

Volunteers representing, the Student Conservation Association, School on the Prairie from Holmen, Wis., as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Corps employees, converged on Little Hoot Island on the Mississippi River in Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minn., to plant 750 tree and shrub seedlings, on May 23, 2013.

Volunteers representing, the Student Conservation Association, School on the Prairie from Holmen, Wis., as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Corps employees, converged on Little Hoot Island on the Mississippi River in Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minn., to plant 750 tree and shrub seedlings, on May 23, 2013. Here, Corps of Engineers Pathways Intern Kaecey Jertson plants a seedling

Volunteers representing, the Student Conservation Association, School on the Prairie from Holmen, Wis., as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Corps employees, converged on Little Hoot Island on the Mississippi River in Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minn., to plant 750 tree and shrub seedlings, on May 23, 2013. Here, Corps of Engineers Pathways Intern Kaecey Jertson plants a seedling

Volunteers representing, the Student Conservation Association, School on the Prairie from Holmen, Wis., as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Corps employees, converged on Little Hoot Island on the Mississippi River in Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minn., to plant 750 tree and shrub seedlings, on May 23, 2013. Here, Corps of Engineers Pathways Intern Jason Johnson plants a seedling

Volunteers representing, the Student Conservation Association, School on the Prairie from Holmen, Wis., as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Corps employees, converged on Little Hoot Island on the Mississippi River in Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minn., to plant 750 tree and shrub seedlings, on May 23, 2013. Here, Corps of Engineers Pathways Intern Jason Johnson plants a seedling

On May 23, 2013, 19 tree planters representing individual volunteers, the Student Conservation Association, School on the Prairie from Holmen, Wis., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Section of the Corps of Engineers, converged on Little Hoot Island on the Mississippi River in Pool 8 near Brownsville, Minn., to plant 750 tree and shrub seedlings.  This project was the culmination of several years of planning and construction on the EMP Pool 8 Islands Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project.  These flood-tolerant seedlings will grow to provide erosion protection and wildlife habitat on the island.  Nearly 7,000 additional tree and shrub seedlings will be planted this spring by a local contractor, bringing this latest phase of new island forestation to nearly 15 acres.

Forestation of the Pool 8 Islands follows the dedication of the final phase of the project last August. Overall, the project included the construction of more than 20 islands to protect existing habitat and provides the conditions necessary for the re-establishment of aquatic plant beds and deepwater habitat in the Mississippi River. The islands were constructed with dredged material from various sources within the floodplain and were protected with rocks and vegetation to prevent erosion. The project will improve habitat for a wide spectrum of fish and wildlife in the 3,000-acre area.