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FORESTS FOR FISH

foresters. I wanted to do a project to help
foresters, loggers and landowners think
about and talk about water quality. Trout
Unlimited is one of the major partners
because, even more than foresters, fisheries biologists spend a lot of time thinking about how land management impacts
water quality and fisheries. They're turning out to be a very good partner to help
loggers, foresters and landowners think
about the impact immediately onsite, on
property, as related to managing forests,
as well as the potential benefits and harms
to the downstream part of the ecosystem."
It's been fun to learn more about fisheries biology, he said, and he's had "a-ha"
moments of his own. Among them, the
realization that a fisheries biologist likes
a messy stream just as much as a forester
views what looks like a messy forest as
diverse and healthy. "Culturally, the public
thinks a park-like effect is good," he said.
"But in both forest and aquatic ecosystems,
messy with lots of downed, dead wood
can actually be a very healthy ecosystem."
As an avid canoer, he said, "I know I
like to see streams that don't have a lot
of wood in them, because I don't want to
have to get out of my canoe to prevent
tipping over when I'm going over a log
jam. But from a fisheries biologist's perspective, those log jams are great habitats
for fish."
As the Forests for Fish project continues, lessons and advice will be available
for study; the hope of both Smalligan
and Burroughs is that the collaboration
will lead to greater awareness, increased
adherence to best practices and proactive
creative solutions. Extension bulletintype materials will be available to a variety of audiences.
"One of the things we realize is that
BMPs (best management practices) are
not universally required or mandatory,"
Burroughs said. "They're still voluntary.
There is still a real cost associated with
doing things in an ideal manner. Through
some of these communications, I think
we're leaving folks with a greater appreciation of why the ideal way is the right
thing to do and that it does make a difference. I really hope these landowners and
foresters can at least take an appropriate
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A bald eagle perches on a snag looking for salmon along the Betsie River in
Benzie County, Michigan.

level of extra pride that is rightfully theirs
when they do pay the cost to do things
the right way. And I hope they know other
people recognize that, and know what
they're doing."
In years two and three, Burroughs said,
he hopes the effort can move past the
"101 course" in basic communications,
"and get into real, back-and-forth dialog
about how we can do better."
One example is with buffer or riparian
management zones, which traditionally
have meant, "Please do not do anything
within this distance of the river, because
you can cause a lot of problems," Burroughs
said. "Essentially, a lot of the best management practices are set up to say, 'Would
you just please stay out of these areas?'
But it's already popped up with some of
the consulting foresters; now it's, 'Let's
roll up our sleeves and go past that.' What
are some active things we can do within

those zones to go much further than a 'do
no harm' perspective? What can we talk
about that would do extra good?"
It could be a great discussion to explore
what kind of trees actively should be
planted rather than shouldn't, he said.
"If we don't do anything, it might be
tag alders," said Burroughs. "But those
come with some issues. There's some
argument about aspen along those areas.
But that sometimes promotes beavers,
which can be good and bad. Is it ash? Is
it elm? Those might die off, but that actually might not hurt. We like trees dying
and falling into the river after 20 years.
We don't want to wait 75 or 100 years.
But we also need shading, so is it cedars?
Fisheries people are not very good with
their trees. That's just one minor example. There's a lot of fun to be had learning
from each other about how we can move
past the point where we are."
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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
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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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