May 3, 2022
Hiawatha National Forest fisheries biologists installed 40 fish cribs on the ice at Gooseneck Lake, 33 miles northeast of Rapid River, Michigan. Fish cribs are log structures designed to provide increased habitat and cover for aquatic organisms by adding to naturally occurring large woody debris like fallen trees.
The addition of cribs is just one of several ways that the USDA Forest Service works to improve national forest ecosystems and watersheds. Funded through the GLRI, this aquatic habitat project is part of efforts to accelerate protection and restoration in the Great Lakes watershed, the largest system of fresh surface water in the world.