This shot from May 1973 is the earliest photo
of the Nurse Cow area. The riparian area has
been cleared of timber and seeded to grass.
Typical riparian areas in Leflore County are
March 1998: Fence is being installed. Power
pole in upper right corner of image is used as
a reference point.
Livestock cross on the upstream side of the
low water crossing, causing bare slopes with
April 2001: Lower low water crossing, looking
upstream, after fencing. Forage growth
increases rapidly in April.
May 2001: Downstream crossing, looking
upstream. Fencing has been in place for two
years. Grasses have established on the
slopes of the stream.
Trees were planted on the banks during the
previous two years, but are not yet visible.
Grass is laid over due to a recent high water
March 2002: Four years after fencing.
Compared to the 1998 picture, vegetation
covers the stream banks.
March 2003: Good vegetative cover protects
the stream banks.
July 2003: The trees planted in previous years
are finally visible above the surrounding
April 2009: Eleven
After more than a
serves as a
corridor for deer
and other wildlife,
and is home to
many species of
A single strand of
electric fence is
enough to keep
cattle out of the
by holding soil
covers the stream
green ash and
native to the area.
willow and winged
Young trees and
shrubs slow down
water flow and
catch leaves and
the soil with
Since the cattle
have been fenced
out, the stream
changes create a
water insects and
Lush grass and tree growth are also evident in
the fenced areas looking downstream from the
low water crossing.
of the stream with
many fewer trees,
and a broader,
less hospitable to