September 28, 2013

Trout habitat being restored in Maine stream

The Associated Press

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP  — Maine's wildlife agency is restoring brook trout habitat in a stream in the Moosehead Lake area.

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Brook trout pause on the bed of the Roach River, which flows into Moosehead Lake. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Plum Creek land and timber company are working together to enhance the habitat on Intervale Brook, an important tributary of First Roach Pond in Frenchtown Township.

Portland Press Herald file photo by Gregory Rec

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Plum Creek land and timber company are working together to enhance the habitat on Intervale Brook, an important tributary of First Roach Pond in Frenchtown Township.

In the days of log drives, streams like Intervale were straightened and had in-stream boulders and trees removed to make log drives easier. But those things also hurt the fish habitat.

To restore habitat, boulders and fallen trees have been added to the stream to provide cover for the fish, increase the insect population and enhance pools.

This past week, Plum Creek removed an old log-driving dam at the stream's headwaters.

 

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