Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mulberry-Globe Stewardship Project to Improve Caldwell County Streams

Earlier in the week the U.S. Forest Service announced that several streams around the Boone Fork Campground will be improved as part of the Mulberry-Globe Stewardship Project, now underway in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest.

China Creek is among the waterways that will benefit from new project added to the Mulberry-Globe project.

“Thanks to $74,611 in matching funds from the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Forest Service and partners will restore several streams around Boone Fork Campground and relocate a trail near China Creek as part of the Mulberry-Globe Stewardship Project,” said District Ranger John Crockett.

The stream restoration effort near Boone Fork Campground, which is closed this year, will improve water quality in Boone Fork and one of its tributaries, as well as Deep Cove Creek, by reducing erosion and enhancing passage and habitat for trout and other species. The project will enhance degraded stream banks and aquatic habitat at 13 areas along a half-mile stretch of Boone Fork. Other project goals include:

* Improving fish passage at one culvert on Deep Cove Creek.

* Removing four culverts and stabilizing an eroding stream bank along Boone Fork.

* Stabilizing a reservoir pipe.

* Planting native trees, shrubs and herbaceous ground cover on all disturbed stream banks to provide long-term bank stability, stream shading and cover and food for wildlife.

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), U.S. Forest Service and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) are collaborating on the stream restoration effort titled the Boone Fork Stream Rehabilitation and Habitat Enhancement Plan.

For more information on the project moving forward, please click here.


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