To restore a degraded stream, a Maryland project took a creative, low-carbon approach

Joe Berg is with Biohabitats, a company that does ecological restoration. He said that the hogs caused severe erosion at Bacon Ridge. It was made worse by industrial logging.

One solution to erosion was to stabilize the stream channel using rock. But that was expensive and it would create a lot of carbon pollution because it required mining and trucking massive amounts of rock.

So Biohabitats used a different approach. With trees harvested right at Bacon Ridge, the team created structures – kind of like log-jams – to help stabilize the stream bank. It mimicked how streams functioned centuries ago.

Berg says the strategy worked at Bacon Ridge by achieving a really wet floodplain forest.

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