- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LISBON, N.H. (AP) - Crews have started planting more than 2,000 shrubs and trees near the Ammonoosuc River in northern New Hampshire to stop erosion and create new wildlife habitat.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/1Oe4DCe) that erosion has been eating into the river banks near Lisbon. Crews from Redstart Forestry, a conservation group from Corinth, Vermont, hired by the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, will establish a 35-foot buffer of mostly dogwood and willow trees.

Project manager Courtney Haynes said there will also be a riparian flood plain forest consisting of silver maple, red maple, cottonwood, box elder and American elm. An upland forest is being created to include yellow birch, white pine and white ash.

Overall, 2,250 trees and shrubs - a mix of 10 to 15 different species - will be planted, all indigenous to the North Country region, Haynes said.

The project, funded by the Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund, will include public trail access and a corridor for wildlife extending from a rail trail between the river and Route 302.

ACT Executive Director Rebecca Brown said planting is the big phase of the project, but in subsequent years, structure for the fish habitat could be placed upriver. And the ACT could partner with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Trails Bureau to figure out how to fix the riverbank that recently collapsed upriver and eroded toward the rail trail.

Brown said a stabilized riverbank, walking path and wildlife openings would add to the area and benefit many wildlife species including the American woodcock, a declining migratory game bird that is in need of a protected and restored habitat.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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