Central Wisconsin TU Chapter receives grants for Bird Creek
The Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited has received a grant of $2,000 through the Trout Unlimited national Embrace-A-Stream grant program for its Bird Creek Restoration Project, in Wautoma. Volunteers from the chapter will use the funds to restore Bird Creek in Waushara County to restore in-stream trout habitat and increase angler access. “We’re thrilled to be able to do more great work restoring and improving Bird Creek thanks to this Embrace-A-Stream grant,” said Laura Tucker, Central Wisconsin Chapter President. “With this grant, we will engage volunteers from our local community to work on a river we all know and love as residents and anglers. The Bird Creek Restoration Project will install overhead bank cover structures and large woody debris structures over a 2,400-foot stretch of the creek as well as remove invasive species and improve angler access to the stream. Channel width will be narrowed in areas where erosion has carved out the banks, helping create the deep pools and pockets trout need to survive and improving spawning areas in the stream. The chapter will also engage students at the Wautoma High School, which borders the river, and the nearby middle school, to provide hands-on environmental education opportunities to area youth. Embrace-A-Stream is a matching grant program administered by Trout Unlimited that provides funds to local chapters and councils for cold water fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, the grant program has funded more than 1,000 individual projects for a total of $4.4 million in direct cash grants. Local chapters and councils contributed an additional $13 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of more than $17 million.