Restoring Our Streams


February 27, 2017

The final product of a successful stream restoration project on Glade Creek. These native species will stabilize the stream bank and resist floods. (Photos courtesy of Owen Carson)

When our ancestors began to settle these mountains they had a lot of work to do. Establishing a homestead meant clearing trees wider than cars, blasting and hauling away tons of rock to make pastures and moving streams and rivers to maximize productive farmland. All of this was done without the help of modern technology – crosscuts felled the poplars, horses hauled the stone, and DuPont dynamite blasted new channels for ancient rivers. All of this was done in the name of progress, and slowly but surely our nation was erected.

Flash forward past the Model T, to the time when the moderniz...

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