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Trout Stream Restoration in the Driftless Region


Alright hopefully everyone’s doing
well welcome back to the channel so what I’m out here doing today is
some stream restoration work pretty recently I joined this program which is
similar to the adopt-a-highway program in this case I’m responsible for
maintaining the banks of the stream so the idea behind this program is that a
big crew will come in either from the county or from Trout Unlimited or or
some entity like that so what they do is they turn this sort of stream bank into
this sort of stream bank so this is I’m posted up right at the road where I drop
in and take care of the stream what I just showed you is the other bank or the
other side of the road and then we have this side of the row that has been
restored so my job is to come in and maintain it for a few years so cut back
the invasive brush and trees and let the natural stuff establish itself it helps
the bank it helps the stream a lot there’s a lot of boxelder willows honeysuckles the shade out the stream so what you get when you
tear all that down you get more sunlight which means more plant growth in the
stream which means more insects increasing the food source you get better trout fishing essentially so that’s what we’re dealing with so I just wanted to show you what
I’m working with real quick the tools I’m using so I have a real nice
pair of loppers these are kind of these are the gear type these things can cut
things up to probably about three inch diameter pretty easily a little muscle
into it little tree saw nice sharp tree saw
and then importantly after you cut things especially these invasives you
have to spray them with a herbicide so this is Garlon I think this is
Garlon 4 but kind of colloquially referred to as Garlon this is an
oil-based pesticide or herbicide so it’s sticks really well you don’t have to worry
about rain washing it off Works well on Box Elder honeysuckle willows
which are the three main species I’m taking out so I’m gonna set up the
time-lapse oh I see a honeysuckle over there but I’m gonna get going see how
much I can knock out [music] it’s my second time out to this stream I
have yet to come out when I can actually see down into the water it’s a
little clearer than last time but the visibility is probably like a foot right
now and all I can really see is the occasional stump or something hanging in
the water and then some sand on the banks Look at this this is so peaceful [silence … a distant crow] [music] okay a little update so I made it
to the upstream end of the easement so I cleared the whole east side of
the stream of a couple buckthorns really not that many
honeysuckle but I cleared those some willows and the box elders I wasn’t
going to clear the box elders because the first stretch that I did several
well a couple months ago now had a ton of box elder so I was just gonna come
through clear everything else but there weren’t that many so I just took them
out I’ll probably see some some stragglers on the way back some some
brush I didn’t pull so I already know when I went back to get the camera the
last time I saw some willows that I missed so I’m gonna have to grab those
real quick but yeah then half the stream is done that I only have to do the other
side so not bad for two work days it was really enjoyable actually the second
half of the stream had hardly anything so I was walking like 50 yards and then
I’d have a little either a stand of some small invasives or just like one or two
so I had just cut them out real quick and spray them all right that’s it I’m
going back to the car get some lunch now I get a go fish and kind of hopefully
reap the benefits maybe I’ll have some good river karma or stream karma however
you want to put it maybe I’ll catch a thirty incher a salmon anyways hopefully
we’ll see see you later [music] SUBSCRIBE!!!!!

Glenn Chapman

5 Comments

  1. That's quite a nice job….Great to be able to fish without all the entanglements!!

  2. IMHO: I THINK THAT THOSE SPECIFIC TREE SPECIES, (ACER NIGRUM, "BOXELDER", "wILLOW", AND ALDER, POPLAR, COTTONWOOD, ETC. ) ARE PERFECTLY FINE!!! JUST REMOVE THE ALIEN, "INVASIVE" SPECIES!!!! MANY NATIVE SONGBIRDS NEED THE NATIVE TREES THAT PROVIDE FOOD (INSECTS), AND NESTING SITES!!! WTF?!!!…. HEY!… CATCH AND RELEASE!!!! & …GET BEAVERS INTO THAT STREAM ZONE, AND LET THEM TAKE ON THE NATIVE TREES!!!….FISH NEED SHADE, TREE ROOTS, AND DEADFALLS, TO CREATE STRUCTURE, AND TO SLOW THE WATER SPEED!….

  3. Hello sir! Here at ITF we are working on a project just like this. Any and all suggestions we appreciate. We are on Facebook called Iowa Trout Fishing…We are non-profit. Thank you for your hard work.

  4. I'm responsible for maintaining the banks of this driftless stream within a particular easement – this means monitoring and removing invasive species like box elder and honeysuckle. Native species are left intact.
    Removing these trees and shrubs serves a number of purposes. They don't have good root systems which leads to bank erosion, siltation, and degradation of the stream. Removing them encourages native plant growth increasing deep root structures stabilizing the banks. It also brings the streams closer to their native state and improves fishing access. Another thought is that increasing sunlight penetration increases in-stream plant growth which is food for invertebrates.

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