August 19th, 2017 WPR
Article written on 2017-08-22 by: Michael Renish
August 19th, Work Project Report (WPR) on the South Branch of the Oconto
On August 19th, 2017 members of Green Bay Trout Unlimited (GBTU), Oconto River Trout Unlimited (ORTU), Wolf River Trout Unlimited (WRTU), Marinette Trout Unlimited (MTU) Fox Valley Trout Unlimited (FVTU) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Kyle Siebers’ team out of Lakewood worked on improving trout habitat along a beautiful section of the South Branch of the Oconto River.
The specific section we worked on was along the ‘Barrier Free Zone’ located at the intersection of County Highway T and the South Branch of the Oconto.
The job was to clear selective tag Alder along the section, bundle it or drag it off for decomposition, place those bundles and then install a few selected pieces of wood.
Chainsaws, loppers, twine, wooden stakes, mauls and a few hand saws were the tools of the day. All volunteers brought their work waders, gloves, eye and ear protection, bug spray (or protective long sleeve shirts and buffs) and reusable water bottles to the project.
CLICK HERE for the GPS coordinates to the section where we worked which was upstream from the work last year which is west of the intersection of County T and the South Branch of the Oconto.
We started congregating, at our typical 8am, at the parking lot, just north and west of the intersection of County T (Google Maps has is incorrectly labeled as Townsend Dam Road) and the South Branch of the Oconto. CLICK HERE for the GPS coordinates to the parking lot.
Lunch was provided by ORTU at Buettner’s Wild Wolf Inn located on Hwy 55 just north of the Menominee reservation.
A HUGE THANK YOU goes to all 23 members that attended which include Wayne Czypinski, Jose Diaz, Byron and Dennis Dugre, Doug Erdmann, Jeff Gross, Staush Gruszynski, Patrick and Wally Heil, Trevor Hinz (WDNR), Klint Hischke, Jeff House, Andy Killoren, Pat Klatt, DJ Loken, Paul Mongin, JJ and Jonathan Pyatskowit, Mike Renish, Mike Schlumpf, Doug Seidl, Kyle Siebers and Don Wagner.
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