July 20th, North Branch Oconto
On July 20th the weather cooperated for TU members who ventured to the upper North Branch of the Oconto River system near Wabeno. We continued work from two years prior with Tom Moris of the U.S. Forest Service. Fifteen workers installed 225 feet of brush bundles and shoveled sediment cover. Six woody trout covers were installed which improves pool habitat for the trout. Our work on this half-mile has resulted in improved habitat and we are seeing anglers fish this section for the first time in 40 years.
Please follow the signs to project
Brush bundling crew on beautiful day!
Tom Moris giving instructions to crew
Big bend before brush bundles; say it fast 5x
Big bend after brush bundles
Pat Hill anchors crew shovel line on big bend
Big bend half finished
Sediment over brush bundles looking good
Last year’s bundling work with grass taking root!
Small bend started with Harold Becks & Wally Heil
Bend nearing completion of sediment cover and brushing
Workers cutting alders and shoveling sediment
Log Placement: Holes drilled in logs to string cable
More logs need more holes drilled
Jim and Tom display their cabled anchor
Finished cabled and anchored log cover