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Off the Beaten Path

December 11, 2014

A sizable portion of CRA’s work takes place on road’s less travelled. Our goal on these roads is keeping our rivers and streams flowing underneath them. We recently completed a small timber bridge on Bancroft Creek, a tributary to the Boardman River. Located on private land, this project is a great example of how to make land management decisions that benefit both the landowner and environment.

Landowners Jack & Donna Rawlings contacted CRA after a culvert failed on their centennial farm. This not only meant they weren’t able to cross the creek that ran through their farm but also an unnatural amount of sand and sediment was washing into this high-quality tributary to the Boardman River.

CRA was able to navigate the Rawlings through the process of installing a timber bridge. The project was funded through a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fish passage grant and match provided by the landowner. These funds were invested right back into the community through Michigan contractors including Benbow Concrete Construction of Kingsley, Bach Services and Manufacturing of Kingsley and Krenn Bridge Company of Vicksburg.

The result is a healthier watershed and improved farm. These win-win projects are the foundation of our work with private landowners. For more information on CRA’s private lands projects, please contact us at info@rivercare.org


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