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Logs, woody debris to help improve river's instream habitat

Posted October 15

— A project that would use woody debris to improve instream habitat of a northern Michigan river is moving along.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports ( ) Saturday that logs and other debris would be put in 23 locations within the Boardman River's Brown Bridge Quiet Area to mimic fallen trees.

The debris is expected to create pools of slower-moving water and hold back sediment to benefit trout and other fish, amphibians and aquatic insects.

The newspaper says nearly all permits are in place. The project is led by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Tribe fish, wildlife and soil conservationist D.J. Shook says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is funding the project which could cost up to $300,000.


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