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Left Hand Creek vegetation removal, cleanup starts Monday, Dec. 10

Post Date:12/07/2018 11:30 AM

Maintenance tasks to clean up overgrowth along Left Hand Creek are scheduled to begin Monday, Dec. 10. Trimming and removal of weeds and non-native vegetation will progress along both sides of the creek from Main Street east to where the Recreation Center path intersects the Left Hand Greenway.

The work is part of the regular, ongoing maintenance of the creek channel and surrounding bank areas called for in the Left Hand Creek Vegetation Management Plan. The plan balances managed growth of native species, adequate wildlife habitat, and effective floodwater conveyance with public safety and recreational access to the Left Hand Greenway.

Among the vegetation removals planned are trees that are diseased, have fallen into the creek or are at risk of doing so. Many of these trees are invasive, non-native “crack willow” species. Native vegetation planting to replace some of the non-native vegetation is planned for 2019.

A second phase of maintenance is planned for early 2019. That phase will clean up vegetation overgrowth along Left Hand Creek from the Recreation Center path to Martin Street.

Once the vegetative maintenance is completed, an additional sweep of the area will remove trash and other items that tend to build up over the windy winter months.

Occasional short-term trail closures or detours may be needed for the work. Keep up with the closures at bit.ly/trail-status-map or call 303-651-8416.

Left Hand Creek Vegetation Management Plan phase map

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