Projects – 2022

The following conservation project was funded with the generous support of the Brunswick Foundation.

The FishAmerica Foundation has partnered with the Brunswick Foundation. Their donations have contributed to programs that build essential reef habitat, that develop fisheries management and access plans, and prevent the littering of our waterways.

Learn about the projects funded in 2021.

Blue River Habitat Improvement Project

This project on the Blue River, WI, a class II trout stream, will restore trout habitat on a stretch of river with stream bank easements allowing for public access by installing 69 log deflectors and 2 backwater hooks, reduce erosion and siltation, and make improvements to the riparian zone by cutting back slopes, anchoring edges, and eliminating heavy overhead weed tree cover. The project is already designed and permitting is started. Funding is for the first year of a 2-year project on this stretch of river that will improve 7,700 feet of streambank. FishAmerica funding was in conjunction with the Brunswick Foundation. Funds were used for supplies – stone, seed, and mulch – and contractual heavy equipment. A multi-year effort, this project was funded in 2019 and completed in 2022.

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Mulching after the site was armored, shaped, prepped and seeded.

After completion of the reshaping and seeding.

After completion and new growth.

After the banks were armored and tapered and a weir installed.

With the generous support of Grizzly, the following conservation project was funded for 2022.

The FishAmerica Foundation has partnered with American Snuff Co. and their Grizzly brand since 2014. Their donations have contributed to programs that build essential reef habitat, that develop fisheries management and access plans, and prevent the littering of our waterways.

Learn about the projects funded in 2021.

Beaver Lake/Big Clifty Creek Fish Habitat Enhancement Project

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, in conjunction with the Beaver Watershed Alliance, was awarded $80,000 for the Beaver Lake/Big Clifty Creek Fish Habitat Enhancement Project. This is an aging reservoir which has lost much of the course woody debris that originally provided habitat for fish populations.  The goals of the project will be to improve fish, wildlife and glade habitats on Beaver Lake and Beaver Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by removing invasive Eastern Red Cedar trees from several areas around the lake and place them in 110 sites within Beaver Lake to improve fish habitat. Thirty of these sites will be located close to public use areas to improve shoreline angling success and increase access to under-served communities. Additionally, excess sediment and nutrient inputs to Beaver Lake will be addressed by restoring 300 linear feet of eroded stream banks on a tributary stream, and use this as a demonstration project for other local landowners who have similar erosion issues on their property that are affecting water quality in Beaver Lake.

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Glade on Hobbs State Park infested with cedar trees.  Picture taken before cedar tree removal.

Large cedar tree used for fish habitat on new barge.

Large cedar tree being pulled to fish habitat site.

Glade at Hobbs State Park after cedar removal.