New River Drive Soil Erosion Remediation
By: Jim Fedders
Panorama of project area prior to the project
The summer of 2022 saw the completion of our restoration of a barren area adjacent to New River Dr in Beckley. This 1-acre site was devoid of vegetation and contributed sediment to Little Whitestick Creek during every hard rain. During the summer of 2021, top soil was trucked onto the site, graded, seeded with native grasses and pollinator species, and mulched. Fencing was erected around the site to deter off-road vehicle traffic. Trees and shrubs were added this spring and the area is now covered in extensive vegetation that will stabilize the site and reduce erosion and sediment entering Little Whitestick Creek.
In June, woody shrubs and trees were added to the flourishing herbaceous species on the site. Interpretive signs were installed to describe the project.