Nine Northern Michigan Fish Habitat Conservation Projects Receive Grant Shares From DNR

Nine fish habitat conservation projects in northern Michigan will be receiving a share of an almost $1.8 million grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The projects, which are supported by an additional $1.6 million in matching partner contributions, will rehabilitate and protect valuable fish habitat that provides the foundation for the state’s fisheries.

The nine northern Michigan projects, and their award totals, include the following:

  • Cadillac Area Land Conservancy – Stone Ledge Lake fisheries habitat restoration (Wexford County), $109,400.
  • Conservation Resource Alliance – East Branch Maple River aquatic organism passage (Emmet County), $100,000.
  • Conservation Resource Alliance – Spanning the headwaters of the Jordan River and Deer Creek (Antrim and Charlevoix counties), $200,000.
  • Huron Pines – Pigeon River headwaters: brook trout habitat restoration (Otsego County), $150,500.
  • Huron Pines – West Branch Tittabawassee River dam removal (Roscommon County), $125,500.
  • Mason-Griffith Founders Chapter of Trout Unlimited – East Branch of the Au Sable stream habitat restoration (Crawford County), $38,000.
  • Michigan DNR Wildlife Division – Petobego Dam removal and Tobeco Creek restoration (Grand Traverse County), $265,000.
  • Ram Nek Ranch – Chub Creek stream restoration and connectivity (Crawford County), $203,988.
  • The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay – Riparian buffer restoration on Kids Creek (Grand Traverse County), $149,200.

“These projects are critical to improving and maintaining populations of fishes and other aquatic species,” said Joe Nohner, a resource analyst with the DNR Fisheries Division. “They will improve fish migration in over 210 miles of Michigan streams and make these areas safer for people through the removal or replacement of five dams and 11 culverts. Additionally, projects will reconnect northern pike spawning marshes to Stone Ledge Lake, add woody habitat structures to the East Branch of the Au Sable River and the shorelines of Au Train Lake, and improve stream habitat by planting trees to cool water temperatures, reduce erosion and, eventually, provide woody habitat for trout.”

The Fisheries Habitat Grant Program provides funding for fish habitat conservation, dam removal and repair, resource assessment studies, access to recreation opportunities such as fishing, and other activities.

The grant funding is available each year to local, state, federal and tribal governments and nonprofit groups through an open, competitive process. The next request for proposals is expected in October.