Wildlife Forever Aids Ailing Gunnison River

Posted Saturday May 27, 2017 by wf_admin

A new irrigation diversion on the North Fork of the famed Gunnison River was the centerpiece of a major fisheries restoration effort. The project improved trout habitat along a 1-½ mile stretch of the river. It all began when a group of citizens concerned about excessive streambank erosion began planning and recruiting support for a comprehensive restoration program. To improve habitat for brown and rainbow trout, the project focused on removing dikes along the channel edge, regarding and replanting the floodplain, and stabilizing existing outside bends with large rocks. Volunteers also planted willows and cottonwoods to provide cover and long-term bank stabilization.