During fall 2012 several storms with high, gusting winds brought trees down into Benedict Brook in Arlington, VT. This is exactly what the stream needs to improve natural dynamics for curvature and pools and proper sediment deposition. It is exactly what the stream needs to accumulate large and small woody material to provide cover and shelter for trout and food for the aquatic insects upon which they feed.
Most fortunately these big trees came down in the section of the Brook between the River Road culvert and the Batten Kill. They pose no threat or problem to the landowner because there is access to the floodplain field and a wooded riverbank.
The pictures show looking first downstream at some "riverwood" that under icing conditions is allowing the brook to get access to the floodplain. Then there is a picture looking upstream at a big maple snapped off with the butt end in the brook, along with another view of that under ice and snow. Then there is another big tree at the confluence with the Batten Kill, shown looking downstream. It will be very interesting to see what happens here over periods of high water.
Cynthia Browning, BKWA Executive Director