Hillsborough River Association Inc.
Address Instream Dorian Damage and Enhance Riparian Wildlife Biodiversity
The riparian zone damage from Dorian as well as the other wind and sleet storms was assessed on Clark's Creek, Pisquid, Head of Hillsborough and a few smaller tributaries of the Hillsborough. Approximately 50 tree blowdown stream blockages were either removed or modified to improve stream habitat on Clark's Creek and a few smaller tributaries of the Hillsborough.
The windfalls hampering or blocking access and walking trails were cleared and the brush was used to provide wildlife cover. 276 trees and shrubs were added to improve plant biodiversity within selected reaches primarily on the Pisquid River and alder patch cuts were created and planted. The Tree Swallow nest boxes at Pigot's trail were assessed and, where repair was possible, repaired and 14 new nest boxes were installed. In conjunction with landowners, three osprey nesting platforms were installed (one each on Glenfinnan River, Clark's Creek, and Johnston's River). Beaver damns were removed to improve multi-species fish passage and finfish spawning and rearing habitat. Spot electrofishing was conducted to assess finfish species diversity.
Atlantic salmon redd surveys were conducted on Pisquid River, Clark's Creek, and Head of Hillsborough. Three large impoundments and 9 beaver dams were removed to address dam blockages in various tributaries of the Hillsborough watershed.
A Wildlife Conservation Fund sign was designed to credit those who purchases WCF permits and conservation license plates and a sign was designed for the Fort Augustus Osprey nesting platform which included the WCF logo.