If you’re a small stream trout angler, you’ve no doubt donated more than a few flies to tangles of logs and branches in the streams. We’re willing to risk those flies because, as we often like to say, “wood is good” for trout streams and trout populations.
That’s why across the east, Trout Unlimited is undertaking ambitious restoration projects to strategically add wood to streams. This work not only improves aquatic habitat but helps make streams and communities more resilient to flooding events that are becoming more frequent and more severe.
Last spring, as part of TU’s efforts to tell the stories of how our work is improving habitat and infrastructure, a TU film crew spent a few days last spring in the Cherokee National Forest following a crew working on restoring wood to a native brook trout stream. The resulting short film “A Beautiful Mess” premiers this week. Check it out to see why this effort is needed, how the work fits in with TU’s new Priority Waters initiative, and how streams’ trout populations are responding. (Spoiler: The trout are thriving!)