The temperature was not quite 50 degrees Saturday morning April 5, 2014, but the air was calm and the sun was shining during our daylighting project on Sawmill Branch in the Cherokee National Forest. At 9:30 that morning, twelve Cherokee Chapter TU members met with three US Forest Service staff to remove vegetation and low hanging tree branches that blocked sunlight or otherwise impeded stream flow.
It did not take long to warm up once we all got started. Armed with two pole saws, several loppers and pruning shears, the group spent the morning clearing approximately ¼ mile of stream. The vegetation was moved up along the bank, away from the water so it could be reclaimed by mother nature. During the process several cans and bottles (a.k.a. trashus americanus) were found, which we took with us to dispose of properly.
The purpose of the daylighting project is to improve the riparian environment. Opening up areas of the stream choked by vegetation enhances water quality, flood mitigation and provides a more desirable habitat for brook trout.
The Sawmill Branch Daylighting Project is one of many community projects which Cherokee Chapter actively organizes and members participate.
December 13th, 2013 10:40 pm by RICK WAGNER
Bart Carter of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency talks to Roosevelt students about the importance of clean streams for the trout raised by the class. Photo by David Grace.
KINGSPORT — The South Fork of the Holston River will have about 20 future inhabitants thanks to a city elementary class and Trout Unlimited.
Life skills class students from Roosevelt Elementary School, with a little help from other students and the Cherokee Chapter of Trout Unlimited, released the trout the class grew from eggs in a classroom tank. The fish were released into Kendrick Creek, which flows into the Holston just downstream from the Fort Patrick Henry Dam. The Friday release was with the permission and cooperation of property owner Danny Shupe.
“Our kids can do these things. People don’t give them enough credit,” said Morgan Saunders, the first-year life skills teacher at Roosevelt.