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Posted on: November 3, 2021

Final Touches Being Put on Otsego Park Streambank Restoration

A Message from Wright County Parks & Recreation

Over the last three years Wright County Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District has been planning a streambank restoration project at Otsego County Park this project is wrapping up.   

The project will used a process called “Toe Wood.” Simply put, a Toe Wood installation is burying trees with the root wad in the river and the trimmed tops in the streambank. The root wad helps in filtering the water and catching debris and sediment. This project includes 595 linear feet of streambank in Otsego County Park, which entails more than 150 trees that will be utilized for the Toe Wood installation.  Species of trees harvested included Box Elder, Green Ash and Cedar. These trees have been harvested at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park, Marcus Zumbrunnen County Park, and a few within the project site at Otsego County Park.  

The Department has a few items to button up, including restoration of the open play field that was used to stage materials.  We are hopefully that over the next few years park users will be able to watch and enjoy how the shoreline project matures.

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