As promised, here are the details from Jeff Stern of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council
FFIM volunteers are welcome to assist in a Brook Trout habitat restoration project this summer that
will open five miles of high altitude streams to Brook Trout movement and colonization in the
headwaters of the Sunday River. The project, which is being coordinated by the Androscoggin River
Watershed Council (ARWC), seeks to remove the remains of a log driving dam that blocks fish passage
on the West Branch of the Sunday River in Riley Township on the western edge of Maine.
This is a part of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV), a private-public partnership dedicated
to restoring the fish to its historic range. Streams in western Maine, including the Sunday River and its
tributaries, receive EBTJV’s highest quality ranking for Brook Trout habitat.
ARWC’s partners include the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service, Project SHARE, the Mollyocket Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Androscoggin Valley Soil &
Water Conservation District.
In the early 1900s log driving dams were everywhere in the western mountains. They were used to
flush logs out of the mountains during the region’s timber harvesting heyday. Over time most have
deteriorated to the point they no longer block fish passage. But a few still pose a problem and this is one
Grip hoists, which resemble giant come-alongs or winches, will be used to dismantle the dam. It is
anticipated the project will take three days. Depending on weather and flow conditions, removal is
planned for late June, July or early August 2017. We’ll narrow down the date in the coming months and
be sure to keep FFIM informed as plans progress.
In addition to contributions of muscle power, individual cash contributions are also welcome. ARWC’s
mailing address is: P.O. Box 1541, Bethel, ME 04217. For more information, call Jeff Stern,
Environmental Planner for ARWC, at 207-595-0317 or email him at email@example.com