Volunteers Needed to Improve Fish Habitat

Michigan Project Targets Pictured Rocks Area ; Volunteers Needed to Improve Fish Habitat Screen_shot_2014-07-23_at_9.52.39_AM by Tony Hansen
You don't really need any additional incentive to visit northern Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area. But here's a little just in case: Your efforts are needed to help improve spawning habitat on Kingston Lake.
On Thursday and Friday, Michigan's On The Ground program, a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan United Conservation Clubs, will install fish structures to help boost the lake's natural reproduction. Low lake levels, according to DNR biologists, have left the lake's population of muskies, bass and panfish looking for suitable spawning habitat.
Volunteers will help improve that situation by creating brush piles and other fish-holding structure. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Kingston Lake state campground. There is no cost to attend. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch is provided. To sign up, click here.
Michigan's On The Ground program was an honoree at last year's Open Country Awards and has been active throughout this summer. Earlier this month, the program took part in a cleanup of the Clinton River in southeast Michigan. The Clinton is located in a heavily-populated area and is a fine steelhead stream.
The event featured volunteers from the Oakland University Environmental Club, Merto-West Steelheaders, the Lake St. Clair Chapter of Muskies, Inc., the Clinton River Watershed Council and the Oakland County Sportsmen's Club. The end result? More than 500 pounds of trash were removed. Not a bad day's work indeed.
Original article written by Tony Hansen and featured on OutdoorLife.com. Click here for article. 

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