• 02 Feb 2010 /  Projects

    While Minnesota TU chapters have completed many habitat projects in the past few decades, those most recently completed by the Rochester and Twin Cities area chapters are listed below by year and length of stream restored and enhanced:

    •  Prior to 2007: nearly 8 miles of in-stream habitat work in Southeast Minnesota alone
    • 2007 – 3,000’ on Trout Run: 1,000+ hours of volunteer labor; 30 overhead bank cover structures installed; stream banks restored along 3,000’; and 942 cubic yards of rock.
    • 2008 – 2,200’ on Hay Creek: 500+ hours of volunteer labor; 21 overhead bank cover structures installed; stream banks restored along 2,200’; and 500 cubic yards of rock.
    • 2008 – Vermillion River: Constructed overhead cover structures for Rambling River Park in Farmington; installed structures repaired eroding bank, protected a paved trail, and improved trout habitat. Native grasses planted to further stabilize stream banks.
    • 2008 – 2,200’ on Trout Run: 800+ hours of volunteer labor; 30 overhead bank cover structures installed, stream banks restored along 2,200’; and 1042 cubic yards of rock.
    • 2009 – 3,200’ on Hay Creek: 700+ hours of volunteer labor; 18 overhead bank cover structures installed; stream banks restored along 3,200’; and 550 cubic yards of rock.
    • 2009 – 4,200’ on Vermillion River: In September, worked with DNR to stabilize stream banks and enhance fish habitat in an Aquatic Management Area. Banks sloped and stabilized using natural materials; native grasses planted. OHF funding used.
    • 2009 – 2,200’ on Trout Run: 800+ hours of volunteer labor; 27 overhead bank cover structures installed, stream banks restored along 2,200’; and 840 cubic yards of rock.
    • 2009 – 3 miles on Crow Spring and Whitewater River: In Sept-Oct largely completed project; wrap up in May 2010. OHF funding added capacity, enabling employment of experienced local contractors, and accelerated the pace of habitat work in Minnesota.

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  • 22 Nov 2009 /  Projects

    The Bemidji Pioneer has a front page article concerning Trout in a Classroom. The local public TV – KAWE also had a short segment concerning the project.

    Click here to see the segment on KAWE

  • 13 Oct 2009 /  Conservation, Projects

    Arlington, Va.–Trout Unlimited (TU) chapters in Minnesota will receive $2,050,000 from Minnesota’s newly created Outdoor Heritage Fund for 12 specific on-the-ground projects in 10 Minnesota counties.

    The grant, which becomes available July 1, will be used to restore over 14 miles of coldwater habitat throughout the state. The state’s seven TU chapters will complete the work over the next two years.

    “We are honored to be given this opportunity to restore coldwater habitat for the citizens of Minnesota”, said John Lenczewski, TU’s Minnesota Council Chair.

    The funding comes from a state Outdoor Heritage Fund which was created as a result of a constitutional amendment passed by state voters in 2008. For the next 25 years, 33 percent of a new state sales tax will be dedicated to the restoration, protection and enhancement of wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for fish, game and wildlife.

    The following projects will be funded by the grant: Hay Creek, in Goodhue County; Kabekona Creek in Hubbard County; Lawndale Creek in Wilkin County; Little Rock Creek in Benton County; Whitewater River in Olmsted County; Mill Creek in Fillmore County; Pickwick Creek in Winona County; Trout Run Creek in Fillmore County; Straight River in Becker and Hubbard counties; Sucker River in St. Louis County and two projects on the Vermillion River in Dakota County.

    “Habitat restoration improves wild trout fisheries and increases Minnesota anglers’ enjoyment of our coldwater ecosystems,” Lenczewski continued. “This tangibly reconnects people to the land and motivates them to support watershed improvements.”

    Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with 140,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.