A frugal wall of trees may save eroding Riceford Creek

Environment

1 Conservation Corps volunteers Beth Dahl, left, Joe McCarthy, Jennie LaRoche and Travis Wilder work to anchor a tree to the banks of Riceford Creek near Spring Grove, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Conservation Corps workers, with guidance from the Nature Conservancy, are using cedar trees to help stabilize the banks of the creek, which leads to the South Fork of the Root River. 
2 Trees in the water line the banks of Riceford Creek near Spring Grove, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Waterways across southeastern Minnesota have suffered a lot of erosion this year. Over the last few months, volunteers have been anchoring trees to the banks of the creek hoping to slow the current and allow sediment to build and reverse the erosion damage. 
3 A steel cable anchors a cedar tree to the shore of Riceford Creek near Spring Grove, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. 
4 Jennie LaRoche, a Conservation Corps volunteer, shows a Duckbill anchor that the group uses to attach the trees to the banks of Riceford Creek near Spring Grove, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. 
5 Drew Wilwert, a Conservation Corps volunteer, holds up a steel cable used to secure trees to the banks of Riceford Creek near Spring Grove, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. 
6 Rich Biske, the Southeast Minnesota Conservation Coordinator for the Nature Conservancy, explains the project to stop bank erosion, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, near Spring Grove, Minn. 
7 Conservation Corps volunteer Beth Dahl lowers a tree into position along banks of Riceford Creek near Spring Grove, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. 
8 Conservation Corps volunteers Drew Wilwert and Jennie LaRoche secure a cable to trees along the banks of Riceford Creek near Spring Grove, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. 
9 Rich Biske, the Southeast Minnesota Conservation Coordinator for the Nature Conservancy, talks about the effort to use trees to shore up the banks of Riceford Creek near Spring Grove, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. 
10 Trees in the water line the banks of Riceford Creek near Spring Grove, Minn., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Over the last few months, volunteers have been anchoring trees to the banks of the creek hoping to slow the current and allow sediment to build and reverse the erosion damage.