Sweetwater Willows Historical

Sweetwater Willows Historical (HM1SZU)

Location: Lander, WY 82520 Fremont County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 32.662', W 108° 11.311'

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Wyoming's Wildlife

In summer, the trilling "Kroo-oo-oo" of the sandhill crane is heard along the Sweetwater River. The endangered whooping crane has been seen in the marshy meadows immediately south of this spot. The Sweetwater's wide floodplain, enhanced by the irrigated and naturally occurring wet meadows, supports wildlife as large as the 1,000 pound moose and as small as the ¼ ounce pygmy shrew. The vegetation zone in the river's floodplain is called riparian habitat. Willows are often dominant woody vegetation in Wyoming's riparian habitats. Willows provide food and cover for moose in winter, food and dam building materials for the beaver, and streamside shade and insects for fish. Willow roots also help stabilize streambanks. Without stabilizing vegetation, the streambanks erode and spring floods cut deeper into the riverbed. This accelerates erosion and affects wildlife. Unstable streambanks result in a loss of land, soil moisture, and vegetation growth. This affects wildlife and livestock, and ultimately man. Willows are one of the valuable plants that help maintain a healthy and diverse wildlife community.
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Placed ByWyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 730853 N 4714050
Decimal Degrees42.54436667, -108.18851667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 32.662', W 108° 11.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 32' 39.72" N, 108° 11' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near WY-135, Lander WY 82520, US
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