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Wire fencing around newly planted trees on Rettig property, 2014.

Ed & Shannon Rettig wanted to leave a healthy riparian forest along Marys River on their land as a legacy of their land management. They enrolled 18.5 acres in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), agreeing to exclude livestock and reestablish a riparian forest.

However, beaver were determined to foil their attempts to establish trees along the river. In 2014, the Watershed Council assisted the Rettigs by securing funding to install wire cages on the trees that were most at risk of being removed by the beaver.

This project was supported by Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, NRCS Conservation Reserve Enhancement Board, and the Rettig family.