But, with help from Orvis and its customers, we hope to open up 1,000 miles of habitat for trout and salmon all across America by making some simple fixes to our rivers and streams. Culverts–those big pipes that carry entire waterways under roads and trails–are stream-stealing culprits. If they’re old, or poorly designed, they can be barriers to upstream migration of trout and salmon. By simply removing or repairing culverts at stream crossings, we can open significant chunks of habitat for fish … and fishing.
So, together with Orvis, we’re launching the 1,000 Miles Campaign, and we need your help. Orvis is asking its customers to match it’s $90,000 grant to TU this year–for every dollar you donate to this project, Orvis will match it until the total grant is $180,000.
And that’s the beauty of fixing culverts. While some stream restoration projects may stretch into the millions of dollars on their own, culvert repair and replacement projects are usually much less expensive. And with TU’s expertise of stretching every dollar and getting in-kind help from our volunteers, we can do a lot with this money.
Already, eight projects are in the works, starting with two in Orvis’ backyard. Murphy Brook in Vermont (Orvis is based in Manchester, Vt.) and Tabor Brook in New Hampshire–both tributaries to the Connecticut River–will see migration-halting culverts replaced, opening dozens of new stream miles for native brook trout and brown trout.
The effort will continue out West with projects on Crazy Creek, an eventual tributary to the Deschutes River, and Yellow Creek, which is a tributary to Wyoming’s Bear River. Culverts will be removed and repaired on Coyner Springs, a tributary to the South River near Waynesboro, Va., and we’ll open up new habitat on Big Slough Creek in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. Then it’s back to New England, where we’ll fix culverts on Kinne Brook, a Westfield River tributary in Massachusetts. Finally, we’ll repair stream crossings on Aldrich Brook, a tributary of Azizschos Lake and the Magalloway River in Maine.
And, hopefully, this is just a start. With your help, we can undertake some vital–yet amazingly simple and economically affordable–projects to improve trout and salmon habitat all across America. And as you know, intact habitat translates directly into great fishing opportunity.
Please… help TU and Orvis open 1,000 miles of new trout water in America.