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Mill Creek Stream Restoration, Tygart River, Kumbrabow State Forest, WV

2012 extreme storm damage in West Virginia has suspended down trees over a native brook trout stream offering no LWD habitat benefits, potentially introducing tributary fish passage barriers, potentially introducing an “over-shadowing” effect in an already well-shaded system, and presenting significant obstruction to stream recreation and fishing. It will take decades for these storm damages to rectify naturally with the potential for negative effects on stream bank stability and sedimentation. Strategically removing and placing LWD according to an assessment and scoring methodology on Mill Creek will hasten the incorporation of sustainable in stream LWD habitat for long-term brook trout fishery benefits. This project proposes to utilize principals of natural stream restoration and “chop and drop” LWD placement to address suspended tree storm damage on 6 miles of Mill Creek, WV in Kumbrabow State Forest, one of West Virginia’s 4 intact brook trout populations. Furthermore, this project will identify and address tributary fish passage barriers with debris removal and/or culvert replacement with baffled systems.

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Mill Creek Stream Restoration, Tygart River, Kumbrabow State Forest, WV

2012 extreme storm damage in West Virginia has suspended down trees over a native brook trout stream offering no LWD habitat benefits, potentially introducing tributary fish passage barriers, potentially introducing an “over-shadowing” effect in an already well-shaded system, and presenting significant obstruction to stream recreation and fishing. It will take decades for these storm damages to rectify naturally with the potential for negative effects on stream bank stability and sedimentation. Strategically removing and placing LWD according to an assessment and scoring methodology on Mill Creek will hasten the incorporation of sustainable in stream LWD habitat for long-term brook trout fishery benefits. This project proposes to utilize principals of natural stream restoration and “chop and drop” LWD placement to address suspended tree storm damage on 6 miles of Mill Creek, WV in Kumbrabow State Forest, one of West Virginia’s 4 intact brook trout populations. Furthermore, this project will identify and address tributary fish passage barriers with debris removal and/or culvert replacement with baffled systems.

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