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Pine River Erosion Inventory Complete

January 30, 2007

The Pine River originates in northwest Osceola County in Michigan’s lower peninsula and flows in a westerly direction through Osceola, Lake, Wexford, and eventually Manistee County before emptying into the backwaters of Tippy Dam. Along its course it is negatively impacted by serious erosion from stream crossings and stream banks much of which is the result of logging era land use.

The Conservation Resource Alliance, in cooperation with the National Forest Foundation, US Forest Service, and the Pine River Restoration Committee, took on the project of identifying and photographing these erosion sites early in 2006, and the year- long project is now complete.

“Road crossings and bank erosion can contribute hundreds of tons of sediment annually to our trout streams, and those sediments are detrimental to fish and wildlife. This project is a big step toward identifying and prioritizing sites for future funding”, says CRA biologist Mark Johnson. “Our intention was to provide an inventory that is available to everyone, including river users and resource managers. That’s why the information is available on line.” The inventory was prepared in electronic format and can be found at www.liaa.info/crabmp, or you can request a CD version by contacting CRA. The Pine River and several other watersheds are viewable on line, and each road crossing and bank erosion site can be displayed on a map of the watershed. Data collected at each site, including digital photos, are also displayed. As sites are addressed, the information can be updated and photos replaced. Several sites are already planned for restoration in 2007. In all, 176 road crossings and 105 stream banks were identified, most needing some form of restoration.

Project funding was provided partially by a grant from the National Forest Foundation. The National Forest Foundation, chartered by Congress, engages America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 192 million acre Nation Forest System, and accepts and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests.


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