This project by the Conservation Resource Alliance planted 60,700 seedlings during 1998 and 1999 in thirteen counties on premier trout streams such as the Pere Marquette, Pine, Manistee, Little Manistee, Betsie and Baldwin River riparian corridors. The goal of the Alliance is to improve the water, aesthetic and recreational qualities of the various rivers using a watershed approach. The rivers suffer from extreme sediment loading due primarily to eroding streambanks. Planting trees will help reduce run-off erosion, strengthen the banks and provide shading over the river which will keep water temperatures cooler and more compatible for the fish. Trees will also provide wildlife cover and create more favorable conditions for canoeing, fishing and other recreational activities. There are 25 partners in this venture, with local landowners, volunteers and work crews doing the site prep and planting and the Michigan Soil & Water Conservation Districts providing the seedlings.
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