Upper Big Lost Project- East Fork
Hemingway TU partnered with TU’s Idaho Water Project, to harvest, grow and plant 750 willows on the upper Big Lost River. This part of the project is completed and appears to have a high survival of willows. Small log barriers were also removed to allow trout to migrate and to return this habitat back to its natural state. This part of the project was completed in 2008. 2011 will see a fencing of the area to protect it from cattle.
Penny Lake Fishing Platform
A fishing platform for people with special needs and youth was built at Penny Lake on Warm Springs. This platform now provides improved fishing access, and protects the stream banks from erosion. It is rewarding to see how much this platform is used and enjoyed. This project was done in partnership with Trout Unlimited, SV Higher Ground, USFS and Brian Poster Construction.
This platform project was completed 2009, however additional access paths and habitat improvement may be a future project.
Lake Creek Project
Lake Creek Lake sits in a beautiful setting and is one of the places families in the community gather to teach their children about fishing. There is little stream habitat below the lake in which fish can hold and survive. This project was done enhance the stream to provide better habitat for trout to live in.
Volunteers and Staff from TU and the US Forest Service performed a stream enhancement project on Lake Creek this October 2015. The enhancement consisted of adding large woody debris in-stream to add fish habitat and assist with stream hydraulics. Volunteers moved log sections, secured them in-stream, and performed additional riparian enhancement work in 2014. In 2015 phase 2, took place over three days. Volunteers planted a variety of stream side vegetation that will provide, shade, habitat and stabilization to the habitat. Lots of digging through rocky soils presented a challenge but the volunteers were undaunted.
Restoration of this area may continue in the future. We will evaluate the impact of work completed in a few years to see if more restoration is viable.