Trout Unlimited volunteers in this time-lapse photo sequence are installing what we call ‘Christmas Tree Revetments’ along East Canyon Creek, a tributary to Utah’s Weber River. This work will reduce streambank erosion, increase habitat and cover for fish, and restore the stream to a more natural narrower and deeper state.
The small juniper bushes resemble Christmas Trees (hence the name), and do a good job of slowing down the streamflow and preventing erosion along the banks. Over time, sediment that is being carried by the stream settles out and buries the trees and provides a great place for vegetation to grow.
Eventually, these projects result in narrower and deeper channels…and more fish.