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Maple River HomeWaters Update - Fall 2015 - West Branch Liberated
October 22, 2015, 9:00 am
We added another beautiful timber bridge in Emmet County to our list of free-spanning structures on the Maple River this year. When traveling over the eastern crossing of Robinson Road and the West Branch of the Maple River, you’ll now see a 36’ wide 66’ long timber bridge.
Happenings on Syers Creek & the Little Manistee River Watershed
October 22, 2015, 9:00 am
If you happen to run across Syers Creek, tucked away in Lake County, you'll find a high quality coldwater stream with great habitat for brook trout and mottled sculpin. Follow this Little Manistee River tributary far enough upstream however, and you may find a dry streambed caused by a sand berm dam. Created to provide vehicle access to adjacent private lands, the 120' long and 6' high berm restricts movement of aquatic species, increases sedimentation and elevates water temperatures.
Sustain Our Great Lakes Awards $5.7 Million in Grants
August 6, 2015, 9:00 am

Sustain Our Great Lakes partners announced 20 projects selected to receive more than $5.7 million in grant funding for ecological restoration in the Great Lakes basin. With a focus on restoring coastal wetland habitat and improving the quality and connectivity of stream and riparian habitat, this investment will help protect, restore, and enhance the ecological integrity of the Great Lakes and surrounding region. Grant recipients will match the new funding with an additional $7 million, for a total on-the-ground impact of $12.7 million.

The Big Picture in Benzie County
June 30, 2015, 9:00 am

Updated June 30: Over the last six years, we’ve implemented three major phases of work in Benzie County. This is the first time we’ve condensed all these projects onto one map. CRA is proud to say this is some of the most effective work we’ve ever done in terms of having a high impact on our water and getting the most out of every dollar. You can see for yourself just how much work we’ve completed in these gorgeous rivers.

Widespread Spruce Budworm Defoliation
June 11, 2015, 9:00 am
Contact Michigan DNR: Bob Heyd, 906-228-6561, ext. 3023 or John Pepin, 906-228-6561

Over the past few years, white spruce and balsam fir have been defoliated by the spruce budworm, one of the most destructive native insects in the northern spruce and fir forests of the eastern United States and Canada.

“This year, budworm defoliation is widespread and expected to be heavy for the second or third years in many areas,” said Bob Heyd, forest health specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in Marquette. 

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