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Robinson Road Timber Bridge Celebration

May 2, 2017
NEWS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Casey Ressl, Annual Gifts Coordinator
Conservation Resource Alliance
10850 Traverse Highway, Suite 1180
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 946-6817 Casey@rivercare.org
 

Robinson Road Timber Bridge Celebration

Pellston, Michigan:  Community members, partners, funders and the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) will gather to celebrate the new timber bridge on Robinson Road, marking another step forward on the Free Span the Maple Initiative’s goal for 100% stream connectivity – a rare and challenging opportunity. The celebration will take place on Friday, May 5, 2:00-3:00 pm on Robinson Road at the West Branch of the Maple River (location). All are welcome to join the celebration and RSVPs are requested to Bethany Bucklew at Bethany@rivercare.org or by calling 231-946-6817. More information on the event can be found here.
 
CRA sees this free spanning feat on the Maple River as a big deal and one to repeat across Northwest Lower Michigan, considering there is a manmade dam or road/stream crossing nearly every 1.25 river miles on every waterway flowing into the Great Lakes.
           
With the new timber bridge completed, CRA reported the West Branch of the Maple River in Emmet County, Michigan was officially “free.” Water from the headwaters now flows unrestricted all the way to the confluence with the East Branch. To make this happen, CRA and partners replaced four road/stream crossings with appropriately sized structures including three timber bridges. CRA also took a big step forward in achieving that goal on the Main Branch with a timber bridge on Brutus Road. A video about this work, "Let the River Flow," was published by NatureChange.org.

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