Mending Moore’s Creek
Throughout the 20th century, prior to state ownership of the land, the upper basin of Moore’s Creek had been logged several times — leading to decreased water quality. This may have contributed to the loss of the wild brook trout once native to the area.
Through Trout Unlimited’s Five Rivers Program, Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute partnered with Shenandoah Streamworks LLC and the Virginia Department of Forestry to help restore a small headwater stream in Moore’s Creek State Park. The group focused on using organic structures, such as rocks and logs, to aid the stream in repairing itself naturally. The shared goal of the partners was to make this stream a more favorable habitat for the trout’s long-term survival.
This project was produced by The Downstream Project.