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Feb 05

Bozeman students create living shoreline, News Herald, Feb. 5, 2018

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 3:46 PM by Jim Muller

"Erosion has taken a toll on the banks of the John B. Gore Park, and Deane Bozeman students came out Friday to stop it through a shoreline restoration project.

Students loaded about 1,000 mesh bags of purchased recycled oyster shells onto the banks of the park, creating both a breakwater to protect the coast and quality habitat.

“It’s not really hard work,” said sophomore Caitlynn Oswald. “The oysters are a little heavy, but it’s not unusual.”

The project gave the students, who have been studying shoreline restoration in class, a chance to take their lessons to the shore.

“This allows them to do the hands-on portion, and see it all come to fruition,” Peltonen said.

Bozeman students have taken part in the project since 2015, as a part of the Bay Grasses and Classes project, said Riley Timbs, habitat restoration and education coordinator...."