Saturday, November 19, 2011

Trail Maintenance on the Upper Sugar

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association (USRWA) is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization located in Dane County, Wisconsin. They serve as a forum for the preservation and enhancement of the Upper Sugar River Watershed resources through partnerships among diverse community interests. A recipient of this year's ACA's Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Grants, the USRWA used the funds provided by the ACA and L.L. Bean to conduct a river trail maintenance project this fall. The USRWA was able to partner with Operation Fresh Start, a youth development program that addresses core issues facing low-income communities, to help remove fallen trees, strainers, and debris that obstructed the water trail and posed a threat to local paddlers.

The trail maintenance conducted by the conservation crew is just the beginning of many measures the USRWA is trying to implement to protect the Upper Sugar. USRWA plans to continue working with Operation Fresh Start's conservation crew to help combat invasive species, plant native vegetation, and curb the erosion problems that pollute local waterways. They are also going to work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to fund aquatic invasive species community education and outreach projects, targeted at local paddlers and anglers.

The ACA is proud to have been able to help support local river groups and fund USRWA's projects to protect the Upper Sugar!

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