Project: Yellow Barn Habitat Restoration
Location: the Batten Kill at Yellow Barn Farm on Rte 313 in Arlington, VT – opposite the Arlington Recreation Park.
Time Frame: 2010
Partners: Town of Arlington, VT, Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Bennington County Conservation District, Trout & Salmon Foundation, Southwestern Vermont Trout Unlimited, Battenkill Conservancy Vermont, students from Arlington Memorial High School, and students from Burr and Burton Academy.
Problem Description: Scientific studies indicate insufficient cover and shelter in the Batten Kill for good trout habitat.
Project Work Completed: Cover and shelter structures of large wood (timber) and stone (boulder) to improve habitat and river dynamics were installed along reach of the river about 1,000 feet long upstream of the Rte 313 bridge. An expanded buffer zone of trees and bushes was planted and bank stabilization was also implemented. This is an area with good public access for angling.
Photos: Photos in the slideshow above show two of the installed large wood and boulder structures, and one view of the project work underway with a large excavator maneuvering a whole tree into position along the left back facing upstream.