Before and during the project, organizers discussed in detail, regarding the events about to unfold. Pipeline Thunder Rivers Restoration Project Director, Randy Thomas, (yellow arm band) is shown here working with forest officials (yellow hat) well before any of the workers were even awake.

These close relations and communications were the key to this project's phenomenal success. In the distant background is the actual width of the Pipeline Trail itself, as it wanders it's way down it's 36 mile path.   

7am at the South River- the first thing needing to be done, was to prepare for the landscape to meet the soon to be placed bridge ends. Heavy machinery was complimented by good old shoveling by the 150 crew work force. Both the North and South River locations were separated by several miles between them, requiring two completely separate work forces to be working in unison with each other. Radio communications and "go-betweens" made this all possible, as well as the incredible knack everyone involved possessed, by eagerly wanting to work with each other. It went smooth!

At the North Bridge, work was already underway. Can you spot the two County Workers in this picture? Just kidding… As two of the Beer City 4-Wheelers take a well deserved break, others filled in until it's their time for a breather. This unspoken respect for each other left little for the two Foreman to do, other than insure that the right boards were going in the right places. Note the Forest Officials in the foreground working just as hard as the user groups, in their effort to complete this monumental project. It's now 8 am, and the ground level going up to the bridges were now complete.

As the daylight sun broke over the tall wooded corridor of the Pipeline at 9am, workers were already laying the tarp for the river bank restoration. In doing so, the river's path was also needed to be 'filtered' so the increased traffic in the riverbed didn't send tons of waterborne slit down into the fragile State run fish hatchery just down stream. Care was taken every step of the way to insure that while solving this environmental situation, we didn't create yet more. The Forest Department's biologists were on hand at all times overseeing these delicate details. No problems occurred.

This isn't something you want to try alone, and the massive volunteer workforce was just what was needed to get the job done. Once the bank was reinforced with a mesh screen, tarped and seeded, the stage would be set to get everything in place so both areas would be completely restored to 'better' than their original condition could have ever been.

By stabilizing river bank erosion, the water quality would improve dramatically, and the vegetation in the area can flourish with out any future maintenance being required

Later in the morning at the south location, after all the bank work had been completed, it was necessary to insure that everyone's hard work would not be in vain. Heavy equipment was utilized to set strategically placed boulders in the river for two reasons. One was to deter innocent unauthorized crossings of the river other than over the bridge, and the other was to provide shelter and natural surroundings for the water life in the river. The rocks selected were nearing the "un-winchable" classification, however, common sense would have to fall upon anyone standing at this spot, especially with a bridge within a few feet! Even so, signs were erected to inform this to even the most common sensibly chal