Week 3! July 14-18

 Logan Lapierre and Albert Deveau removing large dead tree blockages to make way for the walking trail. 

Logan Lapierre and Albert Deveau removing large dead tree blockages to make way for the walking trail. 

Week #3 was another busy week for the Chéticamp River Salmon Association. Early in the week, blockages were removed along the Aucoin Brook, with help from chainsaw operator Albert Deveau. There was lots of large woody debris that needed to be taken out of the brook because it was creating barriers for fish to get around! Some hand-rocking was also done on Monday as well to stabilize banks along the brook. On Tuesday, we began to cut a walking trail near the brook for easier access to do our restoration work as well as easier access for anglers to get to fishing spots in the area. On Wednesday, for the first time in many years, the Chéticamp River Salmon Association did tree planting! We planted 300 trees in different areas alongside the Aucoin Brook where riparian vegetation was thin or absent. The trees consisted of White Spruce and Yellow Birch, and will hopefully help the brook in many ways! On Thursday, the walking trail was finished, and the first bank log of the summer started to be put in place. Bank logs are installed along vulnerable and eroding banks to prevent soil and sediment from entering the watercourse. Finally, today more hand rocking was done to further stabilize the bank. It was a busy week with the Chéticamp River Salmon Association, and we have lots more in store for week #4!

 Chainsaw operator Albert Deveau

Chainsaw operator Albert Deveau

 Rachelle Aucoin and Logan Lapierre taking a break after completing the walking trail!

Rachelle Aucoin and Logan Lapierre taking a break after completing the walking trail!

 Antoine Aucoin and Logan Lapierre removing debris. 

Antoine Aucoin and Logan Lapierre removing debris.