Outdoors blog: Fly fishers group plants trees for habitat
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Fly fishers do impressive habitat work
Members of the Arrowhead Fly Fishers have completed another summer of habitat work on the Uskabwanka River north of Duluth. The river is a tributary of the Cloquet River.
According to its recent newsletter, the AFF planted 300 white cedar trees and enclosed them with wire fencing to protect them from deer. Last summer, the club planted 272 white spruce, 60 tamaracks and 74 green ash trees. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided money to purchase the trees, fencing and fence posts.
The fly fishers had lots of help. Eagle Scout candidate Darrell Kappa helped locate planting sites, staging the wire and posts, and organizing the planting. Others who helped were friends of AFF members and scouting family members.
The white cedar planting required 30 rolls of wire fencing weighing more than 100 pounds each, which had to be hauled to planting sites by canoe. Six hundred steel posts and the 300 trees also were transported by canoe. The project required six days of preparation, and most of the trees were planted on two Saturdays. AFF tree-planting volunteers included Jerry Acker, Bev Acker, Karry Kraemer, Tom Sabyan, Doug Mroz, Tom Maida, Matt Seaman, Todd Heggestad, Aaron Roeser, Kathy Lansing, Kelly Roeser and Phil Johnson.
For more information on the club, go to www.arrowheadflyfishers.com.