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Maple River Update September 2018
Late summer and early fall has been a busy time on the Maple River. CRA's coordinated effort to address the worst road crossings and man-made barriers has focused on the Lake Kathlee Dam and adjacent Woodlan Road crossing. Team Elmer's, the project contractor has been on site since mid summer and the transformation is nothing short of remarkable.
Maple River – Spring Update

The Maple River is going through a dramatic evolution this year. CRA and partners are looking forward to the rebirth of nearly a mile of river with the removal of the Lake Kathleen Dam. Plans are also underway to replace the Woodland Road crossing with a free-span timber bridge as well as replace a private two-track crossing on the East Branch with a small free-span bridge.

Changing Landscape on the Maple River
The Maple River is going through a dramatic evolution this year. CRA and partners are looking forward to the rebirth of nearly a mile of river with the removal of the Lake Kathleen Dam. Plans are also underway to replace the Woodland Road crossing with a free-span timber bridge as well as replace a private two-track crossing on the East Branch with a small free-span bridge.
Maple River Dam Removal EA
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with Conservation Resource Alliance announce the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the following Maple River Restoration Projects: Lake Kathleen Dam Removal, Maple River- Woodland Road Crossing and East Branch Maple River- Private Two-Track Crossing. This document was prepared by Streamside Ecological Services for review by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Lake Kathleen Dam Removal Kick-off
CRA and the Holton family welcomed an extraordinary group of partners at the Lake Kathleen Dam this month. The group heard from a wide variety of folks – all connected by a passion and determination to free the Maple River.

“I remember first coming out to this dam 17 years ago to talk removal – this project is a long time coming,” remarked Heather Rawlings, Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Lake Kathleen Dam is slated for removal in 2018 as part of CRA’s Free Span the Maple River initiative.
Good News on the Maple River
We are feeling the love in Emmet County – CRA and partners are gearing up for a very busy couple of years on the Maple River. Our team is excited to share the Holton family recently purchased the property where Lake Kathleen Dam sits. We are very much looking forward to working toward our shared conservation goals including the removal of the dam in 2018 and replacing two of the most severe crossings in the watershed.
Spring Update on the Carp & Maple Rivers
Last year, we 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. We have our sights set next on the Maple River mainstem where Brutus Road crosses the river. We are breaking ground this year to replace these three culverts with a timber bridge.
Northern Michigan Watersheds Receive Big Boost from Michigan DNR Grants
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved six Aquatic Habitat Grant Program projects totaling $1.25 million. This is the third round of projects since the program began in 2014. It is funded annually by a portion of fishing and hunting license sales. Traverse City based Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) has been awarded two of the grant awards from the current funding cycle, $430,000 for their Free Span the Maple River Initiative in Emmet County, and $200,000 for the Bridging the Jordan River Restoration Project in Antrim County.
Maple River HomeWaters Update - Fall 2015 - West Branch Liberated
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.
Some Like it Cold – Conserving Coldwater Habitat

From the big open water of our Great Lakes to the secluded creeks of our headwaters, we are lucky to have a vast array of freshwater habitats. Some fish like bass, whitefish and pike thrive in our big lakes. Others like our brook trout depend on our coldwater streams. Keeping these habitats in balance is critical for a diverse fishery.

The Big Three of 2015

This year, we have three multi-year initiatives in the spotlight with The Boardman: A River Reborn, Free Spanning the Maple River and the Jordan River Chestonia Bridge. These projects include a significant amount of fundraising, genuine partner collaboration and determination on the part of our staff and board to see them through. We are eager to see the next phases unfold on these remarkable journeys to free our waters.

Outdoor Business Gives Back to Michigan

The Conservation Alliance, a group of outdoor industry companies, recently announced the results of their Winter 2015 funding cycle. They contributed $800,000 to 24 organizations including CRA! The $30,000 grant is helping us achieve our mission to free span the Maple River.

Maple River HomeWaters Update - Spring 2015

The goal in the Maple River Watershed, a high quality coldwater system, is 100% connectivity – a rare and challenging opportunity. The main stem flows roughly 23 miles in Emmet County before flowing into Burt Lake and the Cheboygan River Watershed. Like many northern Michigan rivers, historic logging, agricultural practices, and transportation development have left an impact over the last century. This initiative provides a unique chance for fish and wildlife to access over 40 miles of aquatic habitat, including the main stem and its tributaries, completely unrestricted.

Bridges are Great – Bugs are Better

Do full span bridges and culverts improve water quality? In the case of the Maple River, the proof is in the pudding thanks to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Since 2001, their staff has been monitoring the West Branch of the Maple River every other year. They track aquatic macroinvertebrates, phosphorus, dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH and more.

Timber Bridges and Healthy Rivers

CRA completes up to a dozen road/stream crossing projects every year. These projects involve removing undersized and aging culverts and replacing them with structures that reduce the impact on the water, fish and wildlife moving beneath them. Many of the crossings we work on are refitted with timber bridges.

$3 Million Restoration Effort - Free Spanning the Maple River

Traverse City, MI - Tucked away near the tip of the mitt is a gem of a river that conservation partners are working hard to improve. The Maple River is a clear, coldwater trout stream that locals love, with good reason. But, like most northern rivers, historic logging, agricultural practices, and transportation development have left an impact over the last century. Conservation Resource Alliance, a nonprofit serving 15 northern Michigan counties, is leading restoration efforts and recently received a major boost with a $558,000 grant through Sustain Our Great Lakes, a program administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Sustain Our Great Lakes Program Announces $12 Million in Grants for Great Lakes Restoration
By Todd Hogrefe, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 612-564-7286 or 612-716-4089

Grand Rapids, MI–Today, Sustain Our Great Lakes partners announced 31 projects selected by the program to receive nearly $12 million in grant funding for ecological restoration in the Great Lakes basin. With a focus on improving the quality and connectivity of stream, wetland and coastal habitats, this investment will help protect, restore and enhance the ecological integrity of the Great Lakes and surrounding region. Grant recipients will match the new grant funding with an additional $11 million, for a total on-the-ground impact of $23 million.

Free Spanning the Maple Update

Tucked away near the tip of the mitt is a gem of a river that CRA and partners have been working hard to improve for years. The Maple River is a clear, cold trout stream that locals love, with good reason. But, like most northern rivers, historic logging, agricultural practices, and transportation development have left an impact over the last century.

Meanders on the Maple

The Maple River in Emmet County is for those who seek a quiet escape. Paddlers revel in the meanders and undeveloped shoreline while many anglers seek the Michigan “triple crown” of catching a brown, brook and rainbow trout in the same stream. The secret to finding these fish may lie right underneath a Conservation Resource Alliance project.

Northwest Michigan Stream Connectivity Report Released

In 2010, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Conservation Resource Alliance grants totaling $374,630 through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership. Ultimately, these on-the-ground community based projects opened up approximately 150 miles of habitat for native fish species and other aquatic organisms and restored more than 30 miles of instream habitat and 220 acres of riparian corridor habitat.

Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
By Michele Wheeler, Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership are pleased to announce the approval of nearly $400,000 in grants aimed at supporting on-the-ground fish habitat work in the Great Lakes under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Fish Habitat Partnership.  

Pleasantview Road Timber Bridge Completed

The West Branch of the Maple in Emmet County is known to support the best trout fishery and coldest water within the watershed. The old crossing (site #E-8) consisted of 3 culverts that were critically failing to the extent that they were blocking fish passage. Erosion from the road shoulders and embankment contributed excessive sand to the river. The undersized and failing culverts caused flooding and consequent warming of upstream waters.

The project involved replacing the existing culverts with a free-span 40ft. timber bridge structure, which will accommodate the natural flow of the river. In addition, the embankments were stabilized, and road runoff is now properly managed to reduce/eliminate sedimentation at the crossing.

Early Growth Forest Important For Wildlife
By Dan Boss, Petoskey News-Review

A wildlife habitat improvement project that involves cutting trees in Emmet County could help grow the number of American woodcock and other species of animals living there.

The work is being done at Maple River Farm near Pellston. It’s part of the Conservation Resource Alliance’s (CRA) Wild Link Program, which helps landowners improve wildlife habitat on their property.

Funding Benefits Local Rivers
By Marci Singer, Petoskey News-Review

The Conservation Resource Alliance was recently notified that a second phase of Conservation Innovation Grant funding has been awarded to extend habitat improvement work in Northwest Michigan.

Since 2006, conservation partners have been working on the first phase, a three year, $500,000 grant project that concentrates habitat improvement in the critical river and wildlife habitat corridors of Northwest Michigan, most notably the Jordan River, the Boyne River and the Maple River, among others.

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