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FORESTS FOR FISH

Forests for Fish
In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are
Learning from Each Other.
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ryan Burroughs, Ph.D., has come
to a rather surprising conclusion
of late - and it's one he's more
than happy to share with any
forester who will listen.
"I did not have this in my head a
year ago," admits Burroughs, Executive
Director of Michigan Trout Unlimited.
"But it's heartfelt and sincere now: I try
to leave foresters with a genuine appreciation that they, in all likelihood, have a
greater ability to ensure our grandchildren have healthy watersheds and trout
streams than I do as a fisheries conservation person or fisheries biologist."
That conclusion has come as a result
of Forests for Fish, a three-year initiative
aimed at bringing together landowners,
anglers and natural resource professionals for greater understanding. Managed
by the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) with funding by the
U.S. Forest Service's State and Private
Forestry, it's a partnership between
the DNR Fisheries Division, Michigan
Trout Unlimited, Michigan Tree Farm
Committee, Michigan Association of
Timbermen and Michigan Association
of Consulting Foresters.
Now more than a year in, the program
has offered financial incentives and other
benefits in which each group can take
part. But already, those involved say,
they've gained more than expected.
Sure, Burroughs was aware of the
technical aspects of the relationship
between forests and streams, but the
more he reflects on it, he said, the more
possibility he sees for even greater
collaboration.
"There are a hundred ways that forests
around the stream and in the watershed
make a healthy flow regime, so it affects
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the way water gets into a river and at what
speed and pace," he said. "It affects the
leaf litter that goes in that drives the entire
ecosystem of the stream, the whole food
web, and the trees that die and fall into
the river."
In Michigan, he continued, because
of the topography and geology, the trees
that fall into the river "have everything to
do with the shape and complexity of the
habitat that's available in the river. In 20,
50, 75 years from now, the decisions that
have been made by landowners and land
management plans are really what will
make or break whether we have enough
healthy fisheries."
Fisheries people are lucky, he said, if
they can pull together a five-year strategic
management plan. But foresters tend to
have a longer view - and one that can
benefit all involved.
"This has been a wonderful opportunity to be proactive and productive with
another group that has a great deal of
influence over the success of something
that we care about: cold-water fish,"
Burroughs said. "Salmon, steelhead trout,
they're really very intolerant of lots of
stressors in their environment. They're
wonderful and beautiful, but they do
require very healthy, high-quality conditions to persist. And there are a lot of
things we do on the landscape and in
the world that seem to go against them."
Different conferences and meetings
have provided the opportunity to talk "at
great length about how forests play a role
in creating watersheds and fisheries," he
said. "And one of the most exciting things
about working together is that I get to tell
the story of how forests are absolutely
essential and incredibly tightly linked to
healthy watersheds in Michigan."

He doesn't believe foresters fully
recognize their impact on watersheds
and streams - and the general public
doesn't make the connection, either.
Mike Smalligan, Forest Stewardship
Coordinator for the Michigan DNR, tends
to agree.
"That's why my tagline for this project is, 'Forests provide abundant clean
water and quality fish habitat,' Smalligan
said. "I don't think people think that
way. Americans think clean water comes
from their kitchen faucet. As our society becomes more urbanized, we've all
become more disconnected from nature."
Even as a forester - one recently honored with the 2017 National Leadership
Award from the American Tree Farm
System - Smallington admits he hadn't
fully made the connection. "I see a forest
as a bunch of trees that might be connected with the soil. And as a forester,
I'm perfectly happy when those trees
are not connected with the soil because
they're on their way to the mill, and that's
what pays the bills. I think of water as
something different, something 'other.'
But I'm learning to retrain myself to look
at forests, soil, water and habitat as more
integrated ecosystems - to think of water
as part of the forest and not something
separate from it."
In recent years, Smalligan said, he had
started hearing foresters in other areas talk
about water. But they still weren't talking
about it in his state - a state, incidentally,
with some 76,000 miles of streams and
25 million acres of water, which exceeds
the 20 million acres of forest.
"Here we are, surrounded by the Great
Lakes," he said. "We have a lot of water
here. So much water, in fact, that my perception is that we take it for granted as
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2018

From the Executive Director End Notes
From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
Changes of Biblical Proportions
Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
Invasive Species 101
Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The History of Forestry in Ireland
The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
Products & Services Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
The Consultant - 2018 - Intro
The Consultant - 2018 - cover1
The Consultant - 2018 - cover2
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The Consultant - 2018 - 5
The Consultant - 2018 - From the Executive Director End Notes
The Consultant - 2018 - From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
The Consultant - 2018 - Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
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The Consultant - 2018 - Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
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The Consultant - 2018 - The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
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The Consultant - 2018 - The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
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The Consultant - 2018 - Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
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The Consultant - 2018 - Changes of Biblical Proportions
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The Consultant - 2018 - Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
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The Consultant - 2018 - Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
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The Consultant - 2018 - Invasive Species 101
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The Consultant - 2018 - Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
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The Consultant - 2018 - Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The Consultant - 2018 - The History of Forestry in Ireland
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The Consultant - 2018 - The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
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The Consultant - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
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The Consultant - 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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The Consultant - 2018 - Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
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