Large Woody Debris

November 1995 - Anglers help fund over 400 stream repairs/restorations of in-stream fish structure and habitat enhancement. Many more sites will be repaired in 1996.

October 1996 - Large Woody Debris Pilot Project began.

April 1997 - In-stream restoration project begins. Anglers co-fund three-person crew to repair structure.

July 1997 - Anglers co-sponsor cedar planting project. (See January 2001 issue of The RIVERWATCH for a related article.)

October 2000 - Fifty trees are airlifted by helicopter for fifth annual large woody debris project.

June 1998 - Anglers Rapid Response Team (George Alexander and Bernie Fowler) clears and anchors massive blow-down of trees along the lower South Branch as a result of a tornado. Though the pair has been recovering trees for some time, this event marks the official beginning of George and Bernie's ongoing response to recovering downed trees along the river and transforming them into trout cover.

October 1998 - Large Woody Debris Enhancement Project completed.

June 2001 - Habitat Structure - Anglers approve of $10,000 for in-stream habitat structures on North Branch to be implemented by Huron Pines Resource Conservation and Development Area Council (HPRC&D).

June 2001 - Huron Pines Resource Conservation and Development Area Council Inc. is so concerned with lawsuits that they didn't put new structures in the river. Property owners own the bottom of the river to the center of the stream. If you put structure in the river, you own it along with the liability for that structure. Huron Pines only wants to repair current DNR structures. Board attorneys will look into the liability issue.

June 2001 - Head Waters Restoration Funding Grant - A group of watershed parties and resource managers will seek a major ten-year grant of Pitman/Robertson funds for habitat restoration work. The ten-year proposal will be split into two five-year grants. The restoration committee agrees to allocate funds by stream section. Three years of habitat restoration for the North Branch, three years Mainstream, three years South Branch, one year on the East Branch. Rusty is on the committee.

September 2001 - Structure Liability - HPRC&D warned us of potential legal difficulties that might arise with putting structure in the river. Mark Daane researched this and found we are covered three ways. Government immunity; The Recreational Land Use Act; and Insurance.

March 2002 - Trees for Trout - Anglers kick off the South Branch full tree habitat project. Stream crew is to begin working at Chase Bridge and head downstream. Check is written for $34,000 to underwrite project. The source of the funds is as follows: $10,000 from Anglers, with other funds coming from various Midwest fishing organizations, and private individuals. Total project is expected to take three years, and approach $120,000 in funding.

April 2002 - Cedar Tree Planting - Ron Balaskovitz has agreed to chair the committee to coordinate cedar tree planting at the same time as the Annual River clean up activities.

January 2003 - Mason Tract Habitat - Anglers cut a check for $34,400 to fund the continuing full tree placement project on the South Branch. A four person crew from Huron Pines has proved very cost effective, at approximately $50 per tree placed, versus the cost of using a heavy life helicopter at $350 per tree. It is anticipated the crew will make it to Smith Bridge, covering the entire Mason Tract by late fall. Once again, the club would like to thank all those people and organizations that contributed to make this happen.