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Case Study: Improving Fish Habitat

We're working with the West Virginia Conservation Agency on a collaborative stream-enhancement project on the South Fork Cherry River. The public-private partnership is focused on improving habitat for trout through tree felling and rock placement in the stream to restore the streambed and its water patterns to more natural conditions. By strategically placing wood and rock in the water to create pools and deeper channels, we can help create thriving fish habitats. Best forest management practices for streamside management zones include tactics like retaining trees for shade, ensuring effective erosion controls and maintaining trees with root systems integrated with the stream bank. Work on the project began in September 2015, was suspended for trout spawning season and will be completed in summer 2016.

This project builds on other stream-improvement collaborations between our company and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to conduct stream liming on the river. The partnership has been underway since 1999 and includes long-term work to add limestone sand to the watershed to reduce the acidity of the water caused by acid rain.

With limited state funds for conservation, public-private partnerships enable stream restoration like that of the South Fork Cherry River, which leads to better fish populations and improved conditions.

 

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