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Pine River - Silver Creek Project

April 19, 2018
The Pine River meanders northwest through northern Lower Michigan toward Tippy Pond where it joins the Manistee River. Its headwaters source their cold water from a series of spring-fed tributaries north of Luther. The Pine then makes an over 50-mile trek and drops over 400 ft. This river distinguishes itself among rivers in Lower Michigan with an acute drop in elevation, drawing attention to its steep banks and healthy habitat for wild resident salmonids including brook, brown and rainbow trout. The Pine River is protected under both the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and the Michigan Natural Rivers Program.

What’s missing in the Pine River is instream habitat including what we call “large woody debris.” The short story is wood is good for our streams. It’s good for fish and water-loving bugs and it’s incredible for stream stability, water quality and hydraulic complexity. Due to the legacy of logging and current practice of over manicuring streambanks, many of our streams need more wood.

To help meet this need and stabilize a streambank used heavily for recreation, CRA and partners are working on a section of the upper Pine River between the Silver Creek State Forest Campground and the Lincoln Bridge ORV crossing. This section of river runs through state-owned lands and includes a network of hiking trails that follow the crest of the bluffs. The proposed project will protect and stabilize the eroding bluffs and trails, while also providing habitat for salmonids and other river-associated wildlife.

Project Update April 2018
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Funders - Thank you for your support!

Michigan DNR
Michigan Fly Fishing Club
Pine River Association
Pine River Area Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Trout & Salmon Foundation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Restoration Act

 

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