In-channel Large Woody Debris and Riparian Forest Restoration

Photos: Bayfield County Land and Water Conservation Department, USFWS

Grant Recipient:

Bayfield County Land and Water Conservation Department

Grant Awarded:

$114,200

Lake Basin(s):

Superior

Project Location(s):

Whittlesey Creek in the Town of Barksdale, Bayfield County, WI

The Bayfield County Land and Water Conservation Department, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is restoring the lowest sections of Whittlesey Creek by installing logs in the stream channel and planting riparian habitat with native conifer seedlings.  Log placement  increases alternating pool and riffle habitats and generally improves in-stream habitat complexity.  Conifer planting will slow runoff, improve water quality and ultimately provide a source of natural large woody debris that will provide natural stream structure and cover.  This work is a critical component of coaster brook trout restoration efforts and complements previous restoration completed in adjacent upstream reaches of Whittlesey Creek.

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