Reconnecting Blue Ribbon Trout Stream to tributary habitat - Au Gres River Watershed

Grant: # 1659

Grant Amount: $98,394.00

Board Decision Year: 2016

Huron Pines (Grayling)

Leisen, Josh (josh@huronpines.org) 989-448-2293 ext 16

2016 Habitat Protection and Restoration: Targeted Land and Capital Efforts (Including Barrier Removal) - Habitat protection and restoration

Project Summary

Huron Pines improved five road-stream crossings on the upper East Branch Au Gres River Watershed, reconnecting 26.3 miles of upstream aquatic habitat and reducing sediment input by approximately 15.4 tons per year. The upper East Branch Au Gres River is a state-designated Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream with important spawning, forage, nursing, and refuge habitat for brook trout. The project also had a positive impact on other native species and introduced game fish such as brown trout, steelhead, and salmon. This project was completed with the help of, and in coordination with, the Iosco County Road Commission. The completed project builds on the efforts of Huron Pines to conserve and project Coldwater resources throughout Northeast Michigan, and within the Northern Saginaw Bay Region. The GLFT contributed approximately 32 percent of the project budget