Livestaking for Streambank Repair
When: March 30, 2019, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center
1446 Auction Rd
Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545
registration deadline: March 28, 2019
Eroding Stream Banks
Do you have a small stream on your property that is slowly (or maybe quickly) getting deeper? Are you losing property as it caves in or slumps off into the water during heavy rain events? In some cases you need a professionally designed stream restoration plan to fix these issues, but you may also be able to repair minor stream bank erosion problems at home with a simple and affordable technique known as livestaking.
At this workshop, we will teach you about the process of cutting and planting livestakes, branch segments of trees and shrubs that are planted during their winter dormancy. We will spend about 30 minutes discussing how the process works and then the remainder of the time we will spend practicing the techniques directly in a stream at the workshop site. You will gain the skills you need to repeat this experience at your stream while also helping to repair a stream in need (Pennsylvania has over 18,000 miles of impaired streams throughout the state.)
What to Expect
Livestaking must take place while the trees are still dormant, but also when the soil is workable. That means it will still be cold outside. The entire workshop will take place outdoors.
In order to plant livestakes into stream banks, entering the stream is necessary. Proper boots (hip or chest waders) will be necessary. A few pairs of boots will be available to borrow, but specific sizes can't be guaranteed. If you only have knee boots/rain boots, bring those along as you may be able to help from shallower areas.
Climbing in and out of the stream may require a little agility. Some work can be done from outside the stream if you would still like to attend and observe.
Expect your hands to get wet and/or muddy. Work gloves are needed. Some pairs will be available to borrow.
Homeowners and other property owners with eroding, small streams
Conservation professionals and organizations working with similar streams or property owners
Home owners associations
Anyone interested in conservation and water quality
The Basics of Livestaking: How it Works and How to Implement it
- Recognizing the impacts of streambank erosion
- Identifying where livestaking is appropriate
- Harvesting your own stakes
- Properly planting livestakes
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Check-In and Introductions
Meet in the parking area
The Basics of Livestaking
We will teach you about the benefits of livestaking and the science behind how it works (outdoors)
We will show you how to harvest and plant livestakes (streamside)
Hands-On Livestaking Practice (and Volunteering)
Help us plant livestakes in the streambanks of Dellinger Run at the workshop site. We will work with you to help you master the technique, address issues, and more.
Any final questions will be answered, additional resources will be shared
Frequently Asked Questions