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File Octet Stream Application for Whitethorn Creek, West Virginia
Application for Whitethorn Creek, West Virginia
Located in Funded Projects / EBTJV Projects / Whitethorn Creek Restoration, West Virginia
Whitethorn Creek Restoration, West Virginia
Whitethorn Creek, which is the most significant tributary in the Thorn Creek drainage of the South Branch of the Potomac, is historically recognized as supporting one of the best brook trout populations in West Virginia. This population has been significantly reduced in recent years as a result of land use impacts and two devastating flood events. The flood events altered instream habitat quality and washed away a large portion of riparian cover in the watershed. Following the loss of the relatively stable vegetated riparian corridor, livestock grazing has prevented re-growth and has caused widespread bank instability as a result of unregulated stream access. will result in the restoration and protection of approximately one mile of degraded brook trout habitat. This project will result in the reconnection of upstream spawning and rearing habitat to the mainstem of Thorn Creek. Reestablishment of the riparian corridor will provide lower overall water temperatures in addition to refuge areas during lower flows. The instream restoration will create habitat zones and a more stable hydrology through this reach and downstream.
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File Octet Stream Project Fact Sheet, Smith Creek, Virginia
Project fact sheet for Smith Creek, Virginia
Located in Funded Projects / EBTJV Projects / Smith Creek Headwaters Restoration, Viginia
Image Octet Stream Photo of Smith Creek Headwaters Restoration, Viginia
Photo of one of the properties during a flood on Smith Creek Headwaters Restoration, Virginia.
Located in Funded Projects / EBTJV Projects / Smith Creek Headwaters Restoration, Viginia
Image Photo of Smith Creek Headwaters Restoration, Viginia
Photo of Smith Creek before livestock exclusion.
Located in Funded Projects / EBTJV Projects / Smith Creek Headwaters Restoration, Viginia
Smith Creek Headwaters Restoration, Viginia
Historic cattle grazing and agricultural practices over the last 225 years have eliminated the majority of riparian vegetation in the study area causing increased water temperatures and extensive sedimentation in both the pools and riffle habitats in the headwaters of Smith Creek. These land use changes have extirpated brook trout and greatly reduced populations of native gravel spawning fishes, native mussels and American eel in the study area. The Smith Creek headwaters restoration will restore 4 miles of stream habitat and 65 acres of riparian forest / upland forest in an area with several spring habitats that provide critical spawning, rearing and late summer temperature refuge habitats for brook trout. The restored habitat will connect to a small isolated brook trout population found upstream on protected National Forest land (Mountain Run).
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File Octet Stream Project Fact Sheet Big Run, West Virginia
Project fact sheet for Big Run, WV
Located in Funded Projects / EBTJV Projects / Big Run Restoration, West Virginia
Image Octet Stream Volunteers for Big Run, West Virginia
Photo of volunteers from local schools planting thousands of trees to reforest the riparian zone.
Located in Funded Projects / EBTJV Projects / Big Run Restoration, West Virginia
Image Octet Stream Riparian Plantings, Big Run, West Virginia
Trees planted at Big Run, West Virginia
Located in Funded Projects / EBTJV Projects / Big Run Restoration, West Virginia
Big Run Restoration, West Virginia
The Big Run project is part of Trout Unlimited’s Home Rivers Initiative Potomac Headwaters Restoration Project. The stream has suffered habitat degradation in the riparian zone, stream banks and instream due to long-term livestock grazing. There currently exists a lifetime grazing allotment on that portion of the Monongahela National Forest that supports Big Run. The Forest Service, Trout Unlimited and others have teamed up to work with the allotment holder to fence the riparian zone, create crossings and alternative water sources to completely remove the cattle from the stream. Over time, riparian reforestation will stabilize banks and provide vital shade during warm summer months. This is the initial project on Big Run. Resources have already been secured to move down stream on the Forest and on to private property. The project will include informational and educational kiosks and trails that will improve access for anglers and hikers. The project will restore 45 acres of riparian forest and enhance 1.5 miles of stream habitat.
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