May 19th, Beaver Dam Removal, 2nd S. Branch Oconto
On May 19th, 2012 Green Bay and Oconto TU members worked with Cliff Sebero of the WIDNR to remove a beaver dam and large food cache. The beavers were trapped and removed the prior winter. Cliff explained safe practices with the explosives and a we had a dynamite time. Stream flow was restored after removal of the beaver’s work.
Crew ready to go! It’s going to be dynamite!
Cliff Sebero from WIDNR mixes explosives
Beaver dam obstructing current
Cliff gets ready to blast
Cliff sets charges underwater
Beaver dam before removal
Cedar tree trout cover jammed with beaver sticks
Cedar tree cleared, flow restored
Beaver’s work on good sized tree
Large food cache up-steam of dam
That’s a lot of food for the winter
Crew removes food cache
Undaunted crew continues food cache removal, Side stream log cover maintained
Food cache cleared to bank – The day’s work is done!