Markleeville Creek Day draws 90 to help clean up |

Markleeville Creek Day draws 90 to help clean up

Staff reports

Ninety people came out to Markleeville last Saturday to help restore Markleeville Creek.

They planted 300 native shrubs, including pine, bitterbrush, hedgerose, alder and willow, along the banks of the creek. These plants will provide shade to keep the water cool, provide food and habitat for fish and protect the banks from further erosion.

By participating in Markleeville Creek Day, a 16-year-old participant learned that “restoration is important because human intervention in an environment has damaged and disrupted habitats so that they no longer function and eventually degenerate. Restoration restores a habitat to its former healthy condition.”

Smaller children had fun participating in lessons on bugs and water quality. They also were able to fish for some trophy trout that were planted in the stream for Markleeville Creek Day.

After the restoration and kids’ activities, everyone enjoyed a free tri-tip or hamburger barbecue from Mehrten Springs Barbecue.

“A special thank-you goes out to the citizens who participated and to the businesses of Markleeville who helped ensure that the day was a success,” said Kelley Moore of the Sierra Nevada Alliance.