In the ongoing effort to restore stream habitats, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) recently completed a culvert replacement project at Grand Lake Brook, located on the Fourth Lake Road in the Farm Cove Community Forest. Through the installation of a 20 foot bottomless arch culvert, the stream crossing has been greatly improved, allowing for better fish passage along a natural stream bed. The Grand Lake Brook arch culvert is the largest project that DLLT has undertaken, helping improve road conditions and wildlife habitat.
“Projects like the Grand Lake Brook crossing are great collaborative efforts between federal, state, and local entities that benefit our local fisheries and watersheds, and improve the Trust’s road network for public access,” said DLLT Executive Director David Montague.
Provided with funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the site work was completed by Hanscom Construction, Inc., Project SHARE, and DLLT Community Forest Manager Kyle Burdick. Due to the scale of this project, the Fourth Lake Road was closed at Grand Lake Brook for six days and traffic was rerouted. Downeast Lakes Land Trust would like to thank the community for its patience and understanding during this restoration project.
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust has restored 26 stream crossings in the Grand Lake Stream area and plans to continue to improve public access and fish and wildlife habitat. For more information on DLLT’s habitat restoration work, please visit our website at www.downeastlakes.org.