Stream Crossing Installation Videos and Power Point Presentations
Rhinelander, WI

Grantee: Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance (FISTA)
Basin Program Funds: $24,200
Non-federal Funds: $14,660
Project Duration: 07/2002 - 09/2003
Status: complete

Problem Statement
The number one cause of non-point source pollution where forestry and logging is concerned are stream crossings by logging roads. Many times the permitting process is very in-depth with regard to planning of stream crossings, but the actual installation of many of these crossing are not done correctly and can become a serious source of non-point source pollution.

FISTA is a nationally recognized training organization which has provided training since 1996 for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative in Wisconsin. This training has included "Best Management Practices for Water Quality" workshops and "Road Building" workshops. FISTA has also had six safety training videotapes produced in the past, and have found them to be an effective training tool. The training under this project is targeted at landowners, loggers and foresters. The production of this video / power point presentation specifically addresses the number one non-point source pollution problem (stream crossings) involved in logging. The amount of damage that occurs at improperly installed stream crossings has been stressed throughout the last six years of best management practice (BPM) training. Now there will be a way to show the correct method of crossing streams and limiting erosion.

This project is designed to share information and provide education to the people involved in planning and constructing logging roads through providing a "how to" video/ power point presentation on stream crossings for all agencies and companies to use. By providing the videos/power point presentations to agencies and companies throughout the watershed area, an existing network of organizations who worked together to establish Wisconsinís BMP program can be reinforced. Water quality will be protected through the information and education provided by this project.

During June & July 2002, an outline was developed for both videos and a rough script was developed for each installation project. These scripts would be later modified to fit the individual situations. In August 2002, the final site selection for the culvert installation was made. The appropriate NRCS and DNR water quality and fisheries people were contacted to become involved in the project. The landowner filed the necessary permits. The final site for the bridge was chosen in late November and filming was completed in December. From January through May 2003, the videos were edited. Following the video edits, the Power point presentations were also completed with slide narratives being written for those who will be using them. Videos or power point presentations will be given to all agencies and major landowners in the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan watersheds in Wisconsin.

Contact: Ms. Barb Henderson, 800-551-2656


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