Reconnecting Coldwater Habitat on and Adjacent to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (WI)
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$275,261

Lake Basin(s):

Michigan, Superior

Project Location(s):

northern Wisconsin on priority coldwater streams and rivers within the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan basins on and adjacent to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

The headwaters of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior on and adjacent to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest provide high quality brook trout habitat due to a lack of the two most influential stressors to brook trout – land development and agriculture. However, improperly installed or maintained culverts throughout the region compromise the resistance and resiliency of native trout and other coldwater dependent species. Trout Unlimited will improve instream connectivity and habitat quality by remediating 7 to 10 barriers to aquatic organism passage within priority sub watersheds on and adjacent to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The project will reconnect and enhance at least 30 miles of critical habitat for brook trout.

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