September 29, 2013

Brook trout habitat being restored in Maine stream

The joint effort aims to enhance the habitat on a stretch of Intervale Brook.

The Associated Press

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

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

Back in the days of log drives, streams like Intervale were straightened, had in-stream boulders and trees removed, and had their banks heightened to make log drives easier. But those things also hurt the habitat for brook trout.

The new restoration initiative involves using what's known as a "chop-and-drop" method to strategically add fallen trees to the stream to provide additional cover for the fish, increase the insect population and create or enhance pools on the stream.

Plum Creek also has removed berms, restored disconnected stream channels and placed large boulders in the stream.

In one of the final steps in the restoration effort last week, Plum Creek removed an old log-driving dam at the headwaters of the stream.

"Intervale Brook has great water quality, but we need to provide more habitat diversity," said Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Merry Gallagher, who's overseeing the project. "By adding woody material, we can provide habitat and help diversify the stream substrate, which enhances the food supply and provides protection for fish."

Maine is home to 97 percent of the nation's lake and pond brook trout population.

 

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)