The South Branch of the Pine River in northeast Michigan is a fully intact and functioning river system with the with the exception of one barrier to aquatic organism passage within the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council will remove this barrier to reconnect 20.22 upstream river miles and reconnect the river channel to floodplain habitat. The project will also improve access to the river by enhancing 2,500 feet of existing trails, installing a new footbridge to address safety concerns and recreational capabilities of the site, and developing interpretive signage to illustrate the features of the site. By removing the barrier, the project will reconnect aquatic habitat and improve natural stream processes such as hydrology, geomorphology and natural transport of sediment and woody material, while also improving access by visitors to the National Forest.
Huron-Manistee National Forest in Alcona County, Michigan