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SLC says pain worth the gain in Miller Park’s restoration

First Published Jul 26 2014 09:33PM      Last Updated Jul 28 2014 10:25 am

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Work has begun on the tree thinning and bank stabilization project at Miller Park Bird Refuge that has been controversial and is expected to be closed until about November. A road has been cut to facilitate moving heavy equipment to the banks of Red Butte Creek.
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"I love the black locust along my fence," Long said. "I’m not sure what’s going to happen to them."

It looks like Long and her neighbors won’t lose a lot of their favorite trees — for now. Most of the phase one work will be near the stream bank rather than up-slope near property lines.

Dove said she is glad the city has amended its plan and is beginning work toward the end of nesting season rather than in April. In addition, she said, the two-phase approach will have less impact on wildlife.

"The city has listened," Dove said. "And I hope they will remember this lesson and not do the next phase of tree thinning during nesting season."

In coming weeks, Maloutas said, the city will lead residents on tours of the streambed and revegetation work.

"We want people to witness this restoration process," she said. "Natural habitat areas [within the city] are few and far between."






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