Brice Prairie Conservation Association

Preserving Lake Onalaska and the Black River Bottoms

Fish Habitat: Creating Brush Bundles from Invasive Buckthorn

cutting brush

Cutter crews headed out into rather dense understory with bow saws and chain saws to cut buckthorn saplings. Stumps were treated to prevent re-growth.
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trimming saplings

Cut samplings are dragged to a clear processing site and trimmed to 8-12 ft lengths
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roping bundles

Ropes placed under the bundles before stacking are brought around and cinched down to bind the bundles
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sapling stakes

Stout parts of sapling trunks are shaped to serve as stakes to hold the bundles in place.
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stuck boat

Initially, we tried to haul brush bundles by boat directly from the cutting site, but, well, that didn't work out so well. Too shallow for a heavily-laden small boat, even with a mud motor.
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hauling brush to trailer

Plan B involved hauling brush bundles up to truck beds and a trailer to the Fred Funk landing, to get a deeper route for boat transport to the breach site.
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hauling bundles to boat

At the landing, bundles are hauled back down to the boat....
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heavily laden boat

Heavily-laden boat hauling brush bundles to a staging area at breach site
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placing bundles

Brush bundles are placed in the breach opening
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staking bundles

Stakes are then pounded down through the stacks of bundles
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Before and After

Before and after views of the opening in the barrier island