Trout Stream Therapy is a fully illustrated field guide to improving trout habitat in streams damaged by human activities associated with agriculture, forestry, and urbanization. Over the past four decades state and federal natural resource management agencies in the midwestern region have devised, tested, and refined a variety of techniques intended to restore healthy living conditions for trout. Leading the way in this regional effort has been the innovative and aggressive program of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Robert L. Hunt, during his thirty-three years as a research biologist with the Wisconsin DNR, has carried out many of the pioneering field evaluations of the techniques developed to reestablish healthy wild trout populations and improve the sport fisheries that depend on those populations.
Trout Stream Therapy provides twenty-one of the most up-to-date, successful, field-tested techniques applicable not only to midwestern streams, but also to physically similar streams elsewhere in the United States and in other countries. Professional fisheries biologists and administrators responsible for rehabilitating trout habitats will find this manual an invaluable reference in the field and in the office. The many sketches and color photographs illustrating these techniques will be particularly helpful to those who are interested in restoring trout streams but lack scientific training.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
"Trout Stream Therapy offers projects for as few as one or two individuals working with half-logs, a Trout Unlimited Chapter's weekend streambank riprap crew, or large-scale stream renovation by a private angling club or public agency. The fact that it starts right out with stream bank fencing, instream cattle guard, and, to a lesser extent, riprap, emphasizes treating sources or causes of stream habitat degradation rather than the symptom (the stream). It provides the individual farmer with the means to become a better steward of a stream resource and minimize loss of valuable topsoil and cropland." —Richard A. Snyder, Chief, Division of Fisheries Management, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
"The work will be important to professional biologists who work in Wisconsin and on streams elsewhere that resemble those Hunt describes. It will also appeal to lay persons, such as stream property owners, anglers, and members of conservation groups, who want to do such projects. The books on this subject are few, and none that I know of accomplishes what this one does." —Ray J. White, Ph.D., Fish Habitat Consultant, Edmonds, Washington
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert L. Hunt is a retired Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries research biologist. He is a Certified Fisheries Scientist in the American Fisheries Society, serving as president of the Wisconsin chapter in 1973. He also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Trout Unlimited and is a life member of that volunteer organization. He has won several awards, including the Trout Unlimited Conservation Professional Award in 1981, the Gulf Oil Conservation Professional Award in 1982, and a Special Award of Recognition from the American Fisheries Society in 1992. He has published numerous pamphlets and technical papers on trout stream ecology and trout fisheries management. Mr. Hunt, an avid trout angler, resides in Waupaca, Wisconsin where he continues to provide occasional professional consultation.