July 17th – Work Project Summary and Pictures
Article written on 2021-07-31 by: Adrian Meseberg
The following Thunder River work project summary comes courtesy of the United States Forestry Service’s (USFS) Tom Moris…
A total of 15 men (2 x FS personnel, 2 WDNR personnel and 11 Trout Unlimited volunteers met at 8:15
am at the Forest Service Lakewood Ranger Station for a safety briefing, volunteer form signing and other
logistics. At around 8:50 am we departed and drove to the work site which was about 25 minutes away.
Once we arrived at the work site everyone got to work as we split up into two groups. One group moved
pre-cut tag alder brush away from the river banks and placed it into piles 30-40 feet from the river. The
brush was cut to make it possible to fish along a ¼ mile section of the river.
The other group used their brute strength to move 15 pre-cut trees near the river into the river. The
trees had been cut into 18-22 feet lengths. After much work all the logs and their associated tops were
either in the river or on the river bank in select locations of deep water, these will be anchored into
place in the next couple days to create dark and complex cover structures where the big boys can call
home and lay ready to eat the anglers lure or bait in the future. We also moved 10 root wads to these
structure locations to be incorporated among the logs to add to the complexity of these cover
structures. In total there will be 8 large cover structures for trout and anglers to enjoy.
Thanks for your commitment to the coldwater resources
Forest Service personnel – Tom Moris and Cole Caylor
WDNR personnel – Sam Meleski and Brent Ritter
Trout Unlimited Volunteers – Pat Hill, Jim Vanden Branden, Dennis Dugre, Byron Dugre, Doug Seidl, Jeff House, Jon Ostanek, Jon Deuchert, Paul Kruse, Wayne Czypinski (Oconto River TU) and Adrian Meseberg (TU volunteers list added by Adrian Meseberg)