From a Successful Banquet Auction to a Successful Stream Project
Several individuals stepped up at the Adams Chapter TU banquet this past spring to pledge financial support to restore a severely eroding bank along a remote section of the Boardman River downstream from the Fork’s State Campground. This was the first time we tried an auction to get support for a stream project with nothing in return but the satisfaction of knowing that their donation was going to a specific project that would really make a difference on one of our streams.
This site is known in the Boardman River Watershed Report as S456. The Report lists this site as Moderate trending toward Severe. Earlier attempts to stabilize this bank using trees and brushes slowed the progression but the anchoring method failed and the wood eventually washed away leaving the bank raw and vulnerable. The site is especially challenging due to its remote location. Restoration materials including habitat structures, coir (coconut fiber) logs, and tools will have to be floated into the site.
On September 23rd, a group of nine Adams Chapter Members, Directors and other volunteers paddled from The Forks campground into the eroding streambank site a mile or so downstream. The site had been a source of sediment entering the river for years but its relatively remote location made it difficult one to repair. The process entailed removing loose chunks of sod and debris in preparation for the installation of Bio Logs at the water line. Bio Logs are basically eight foot long mesh tubes filled with coconut husks. They were staked into the bank then back filled with sod and soil and other material to create a much more durable bank that is much less prone to erosion. Once the site was graded to a more gradual slope, it was seeded and covered with straw so new vegetation can grow.
The project only took a couple of hours to finish thanks to the number of volunteers that came out to help. Others waited for us down stream at out take out site with a bar-b-que meal and drinks all ready for the hungry and thirsty volunteers.
Statewide DNR News
March 13, 2017
Contact: Troy Zorn, 906-249-1611, ext. 308 or Elyse Walter, 517-284-5839
DNR seeks public comment on inland trout management plan
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released its draft inland trout management plan and is seeking public comment on it. The plan, available online at michigan.gov/fishing under Angler Alerts, focuses on the ecology and management of populations of inland trout in rivers and inland lakes of Michigan.
The intent of the inland trout management plan is to provide an overview of inland trout habitats in Michigan, the biology and ecology of inland trout populations, and management activities directed toward inland trout and their habitats. This information provides a basis for understanding the role of inland trout in current and future management of fisheries in Michigan’s inland lakes and streams.
This report does not cover species such as Chinook or coho salmon and migratory rainbow trout (steelhead), which reside in the Great Lakes and migrate inland on a seasonal basis. It does cover inland trout that primarily reside in streams and inland lakes throughout their lives.
Sections of the report focus on distribution of trout waters in the state, origin of inland trout fisheries, biology of inland trout in streams and lakes, fishing regulations, status of fisheries and other topics.
Public comments may be submitted via email to DNR-FISH-ManagementPlans@michigan.gov by Friday, April 14. Written public comments also will be accepted at Marquette Fisheries Research Station, attention Troy Zorn, 484 Cherry Creek Road, Marquette, MI 49855.
/Editors’ note: An accompanying photo is available for download. Suggested caption follows. The public is welcome to comment on the DNR’s draft Inland Trout Management Plan, designed to protect species like Michigan’s state fish, the brook trout./
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.