The Conservation Resource Alliance and a broad coalition of partners are working to remove 12 dams and to improve a stream road crossing along the North Branch of the Manistee River and Flowing Well Creek. In addition, technical assistance is being provided to private landowners to conduct wetland and upland habitat restoration along the North Branch and its tributaries. These actions are aiming to: 1) restoring upstream fish passage to 14 stream miles; 2) restoring a more-natural flow regime along 20 miles of stream, allowing more-natural nutrient and sediment transport; 3) helping to restore the native brook trout population; and 4) controlling invasive species and restore native trees and shrubs on approximately 650 acres of wetland and upland habitat.
“This unique project, tucked away in northern Michigan’s Kalkaska County, restored flow in two critical headwaters streams of the Manistee River, and restored wildlife habitat on a 1,700 acre state-owned property that is one of the highest ecological quality sites in the state. We paid special attention to the native brook trout, amphibians and reptiles, and several threatened and endangered species. SOGL funding launched this ambitious project for us, which ultimately attracted partners ranging from Trout Unlimited’s Elliott Donnelly Chapter in Chicago to Michigan State University. A true gem was restored for all of Michigan’s people to enjoy.” – Amy Beyer, Director, Conservation Resource Alliance