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Wood Additions to Streams Workshop

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Date October 16, 2018
Time 2 to 4 p.m.
Location Orford, NH
Registration Required Yes

For immediate release:
Contact: Pam Gilbert
September 28, 2018
Wood Additions to Streams Workshop
Can water quality and fish habitat be improved by adding wood to streams? Join Tom Ebert, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist, Ryan Harvey, forester and trail consultant, and Jim Frohn, UNHCE Grafton County Forester to learn about the benefits of adding wood to streams. Our host, Bruce Schwaegler, worked with Tom and Ryan to install several wood additions to streams during the summer. We will take a look at environmental benefits, site selection, permitting and what it takes for a successful project. This Grafton County Conservation District (GCCD) workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 2:00-4:00PM in Orford. We will meet and park at the Pondside Lodge 598 Indian Pond Road, Orford, and walk to the project site.
Due to past land use history, northeast streams tend to lack woody biomass. This biomass provides several critical benefits to water quality and fish habitat. Fast flowing water carries sediment, twigs and logs downstream, often creating a deeper, straighter channel, resulting in faster moving water, sometimes causing damage downstream. Wood in streams can create cascades and riffles increasing oxygen in the water. It helps form deeper pools where fish can survive the summer heat, and shade to reduce water temperature. Having organic matter in streams provides diverse habitat for increased insect populations. During high water events, wood in streams can force the water into natural flood plains and reduce the water velocity and damage downstream.
Adding wood to streams can be a planned conservation practice to benefit water quality and fish habitat. If you are a landowner or land manager concerned with habitat improvement join us on Tuesday October 16 to learn more about this practice. Please contact Pam at GCCD by phone (603) 353-4652 or email: for more information, and to register for this meeting.
This workshop qualifies for SAF 2.0 category 1 CFE credits

For more information, please contact: Pam Gilbert, 603-353-4652