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Volunteers needed for trout restoration project at Hay Creek

Trout Unlimited's (TU) Twin Cities and Hiawatha chapters in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are seeking volunteers to work on a restoration project on Hay Creek.

Volunteers will be needed on August 16-17 and 23-24 to assist in making habitat improvements to the stream. Volunteers will assist in the installation of wooden structures that provide cover for trout and help seed and mulch areas alongside of the stream.

The Hay Creek project is one of several TU restoration projects in southeast Minnesota this year and is a restoration project on private land with public access.

"The Hay Creek restoration project is a model for other landowners and other communities. By working together with private property owners, stream improvements can be made that benefit everyone," said Jeff Hastings, Trout Unlimited's Driftless Area Project Manager.

Hay Creek is part of the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, an area that is considered by many to be a national treasure with its unique limestone formations, springs and small trout streams. Trout Unlimited and its partners are leading a focused regional effort to restore streams, rivers and upland habitat in the Driftless Area.

Volunteers should meet at the site at 8:15 a.m. each day and should bring waders and gloves. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. To register, contact Jeff Hastings at (608) 606-4158 or Marty Steitz at

Landowners interested in opportunities for stream restoration and other stream improvements on their land should contact Hastings.