Trout Unlimited’s most recent film, “A Beautiful Mess” highlights a partnership with the US Forest Service to improve brook trout habitat in southern Appalachia. Natural woody materials, i.e. downed trees, provide great habitat for many trout species and those ever so important bugs and macroinvertebrates. So, it only makes sense that strategically felling trees in a stream can improve trout populations!

Modern timber practices have largely taken over the symbiotic connection with forests and streams. So throughout TU’s Priority Watersheds and in close partnership with the USFS, restoration crews are jumpstarting that natural process by firing up the chainsaws, dropping natural woody debris, and building prime habitat.

Jeff Wright, the southern Appalachians project manager for Trout Unlimited, showcases how they’re partnering with the United States Forest Service to restore stream habitat with large wood components in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee. (Photographs by Sam Dean)

This work also has the added benefit of building climate resilience by providing some buffer from flooding events. Check out this great work today!

California Governor Newsom Unveils Blueprint to Protect Salmon

Spread Creek, A Trout Unlimited Film and Restoration Project in Jackson, Wyoming

How to Get Involved with Trout Unlimited

Previous articleFlylords Top Gear Picks: The Denver Fly Show
Next articleHow to Tie: The Overachiever Midge
Will Poston
Will Poston has been with us here at Flylords since 2017 and is now our Conservation Editor. Will focuses on high-profile conservation issues, such as Pebble Mine, the Clean Water Act rollbacks, recovering the Pacific Northwest’s salmon and steelhead, and everything in-between. Will is from Washington, DC, and you can find him fishing on the tidal Potomac River in Washington, DC or chasing striped bass and Albies up and down the East Coast—and you know, anywhere else he can find a good bite!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.