In-Water Brush Bundles
Underwater woody debris is a healthy component of lake environments. Sunken logs, trees, branches, and root balls provide excellent habitat for wildlife, including fish, turtles, birds, invertebrates, and more. Beaver activity, wind, erosion, or water inflows from rivers or creeks naturally deposit such woody debris into a lake. However, human activity and development have significantly reduced the amount of natural woody debris in lakes.
Communities can promote the health of wildlife populations and improve water quality by creating additional woody debris habitat, such as in-water brush piles. Brush piles can provide fish with a food source, as well as shaded areas to rest, spawn, and escape predators.
This “how to” video features an in-water brush bundle project undertaken by the Lanark County Stewardship Council in partnership with the Lanark Fish and Game Conservation Club, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, Dalhousie Lake Association and Watersheds Canada.
Before starting your own project you may want to consult our step by step protocol on In-Water Brush Piles, available here: In-Water Brush Pile – Protocols. It includes everything you will need to know, from planning and developing the project through to carrying it out successfully.
This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été réalisé avec l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada.