What the Santa Fe river can look like (reference reach):
Wetlands overview, with winter sunset colors. These trees are about 14 years old.
Trees planted about 10 years ago.
Some have become beaver lunch.
Other have become part of a beaver's dam (note overflow waterfal)l.
Dams create lakes.
And wetlands. Note the beaver trail.
Wetlands create the right conditions for new trees to grow, completing a sustainable cycle.
More information on beavers.
Note: some of these photos are from the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Nature Conservancy Preserve upstream of our current restoration site at San Ysidro Crossing, others are from the Forest Guardian Preserve downstream of our current restoration site.