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 Post subject: FFIM Grant $ At Work
PostPosted: November 16th, 2018, 1:24 pm 
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All, we recently received a report from Steven Koenig to let us know exactly how and where the $3000 that FFIM donated to Project SHARE, last spring, was used - below is the text of the report and a few pics from the field - thanks again to all of you in the community who supported our fundraising activities - and also rest assured that there will be more opportunities to support similar efforts in the near future!

Project SHARE (SHARE) used funds from Fly Fishing in Maine to hire a term employee tasked specifically with working as a crew member continuing to add large wood into the Downeast rivers. The purpose of adding large wood into rivers and streams is to enhance and restore cold-water fish habitat. SHARE specifically focuses on native salmonid (Atlantic salmon and Eastern brook trout) habitat. The specific projects that the crew member worked on included constructing Post-Assisted Log Structures (PALS) in the Narraguagus river and felling trees using a Griphoist in Barrows stream (East Machias watershed).
Narraguagus River:
On the Narraguagus river, SHARE staff began placing PALS in the Upper Narraguagus sub-watershed during the 2017 field season. The 28 PALS that were constructed as a pilot project were monitored throughout the winter and spring to determine what changes would have to be done for this process to work in larger rivers than those in which the PALS system was developed. The 28 structures were mostly build using dead-and-down wood collected from the surrounding riparian area and were secured with an average of 11 wooden posts per PALS.
SHARE staff learned that building multiple smaller, triangular structures are stronger than a single large, linear structure; that each structure needs to have more posts and that downstream posts tend to more prone to failure than upstream. It was also found that more posts were needed and that posts driven into finer substrates are less prone to failure than those in courser bed materials. Of the structures that failed, most of them still had all their upstream posts in place but none of the downstream.
With this knowledge, SHARE staff constructed 55 PALS during July and August of 2018. These 55 PALS were secured using 842 posts, an average of 15.3 posts per PALS. Posts were driven into the streambed generally in pairs and triplets so that the posts could be lashed together using biodegradable bailing twine. The belief is that this will help stabilize the downstream posts. Of the 55 PALS, 17 were built mostly of local, commercially harvested white pine logs; 25 were built mostly of dead-and-down wood from the riparian with some red pine logs added in; and 14 were constructed of mostly red pine trees harvested offsite during the winter of 2017/18. In total SHARE staff treated 900 m (0.56 mi) of river, comprising 139 units (1 unit = 100 m2) of riffle/run habitat in 2018.
The seasonal employee, funded by your organization, worked directly with SHARE’s habitat restoration project manager to design individual PALS, construct the PALS, and complete post-construction structure surveys. They learned valuable skills that will help them throughout their professional careers such as working as a part of a team, interagency cooperation, and monitoring possible safety issues when working in a remote setting.
Barrows Stream:
Barrows stream is a tributary to Northern stream, a very important (to Atlantic salmon and Eastern brook trout) sub-watershed in the East Machias river watershed. Due to its ease of access and proximity to area high schools and the University of Maine Machias, this headwater stream provides an excellent outreach opportunity for both the landowner and Project SHARE. For this reason, SHARE staff have unofficially reserved work on this stream for times when high school and college classes can aid them in our restoration efforts. Attention is given to how and why SHARE staff are performing these restoration actions.
Over the course of two and a half days SHARE worked with students and instructors from Washington Academy, Miramichi High School (in New Brunswick, Canada), and University of Maine Machias to add large wood into Barrows stream. The wood added consisted of riparian-sourced trees, felled using a Griphoist cable winch, and dead-and-down trunks/limbs manually carried into the stream. Of the ~65 units of mapped habitat within all Barrows stream; ~18 units have been treated with large wood, ~13 of which were treated during the 2018 field season.
The seasonal employee, funded by your organization, worked directly with the students showing them how the equipment works and how SHARE utilizes it in our work. They then take charge of overseeing the students’ work.


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 Post subject: Re: FFIM Grant $ At Work
PostPosted: November 16th, 2018, 1:37 pm 
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That's outstanding.

My old stomping grounds.


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PostPosted: November 16th, 2018, 6:48 pm 
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Brian- thanks for the update. I really enjoyed our day with Steven a few years ago and hope we can get back up there again as a group.

Ken


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PostPosted: November 16th, 2018, 8:32 pm 
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That is very awesome work they have done. Great to see and hear how they have learned from previous years how to better the structures. Read an article just the other day on river improvement structures in Canada for Atlantic Salmon. They had a huge local cloudburst before the had even finished all the project. But what they had done held up to the flooding and transformed the river virtually overnight. These projects help beyond what many people ever imagine.
Great job.

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PostPosted: November 16th, 2018, 10:22 pm 
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Ken B wrote:
Brian- thanks for the update. I really enjoyed our day with Steven a few years ago and hope we can get back up there again as a group.

Ken


I’ve been working with Steve to secure funding to continue the project we started as a group. There is a lot of potential to put another volunteer effort together.

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PostPosted: November 17th, 2018, 7:49 pm 
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Dave - keep us posted.


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 Post subject: Re: FFIM Grant $ At Work
PostPosted: November 18th, 2018, 8:43 am 
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To quote a famous FFIM member - "That's pretty cool!" Let us know when Dave - I'm in!


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 Post subject: Re: FFIM Grant $ At Work
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Very cool stuff.


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