Members of the Platte River Revival Advisory Committee including Brian Connely, Jolene Martinez, and Colin Tierney will present and answer questions about the Platte River Revival and how it will improve habitat along the river at our April 11 meeting.
The Platte River Revival, simply stated, is a North Platte River restoration project for the 13.5 miles of river (and its banks) that traverse Casper. Its mission is to foster a healthy and sustainable river system that is a catalyst for economic development and improved quality of life. This legacy project, with multi-generational impact, is a project that is, at the same time, an economic development project, a conservation project, and a quality of life project.
The project began in 2007 with a volunteer day in conjunction with National Public Lands Day where citizens performed hands on restoration work, like removing Russian olives, planting native species trees, and removing debris from the river and banks. A master plan was completed in 2012 and is guiding the second phase of the Revival, which will be in-river construction at seven sites, vegetation restoration along the banks in selected areas, and the annual volunteer day. Construction will begin in October 2014 and be completed in November 2014 for two of the seven sites.
Please join us on Friday, April 11 at 7 pm at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd. for this program. As always, the program is free and open to the public!
Submitted by Jolene Martinez.
BRUCE WALGREN—PROGRAM CHAIR