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West Virginia Wildlife
Shavers Fork
Patrick McMurtry Restoring A Mountain State Treasure

October 24, 2012
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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This is what Shaver's Fork looks like now, nothing like it was even twenty years ago before the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources got started restoring it to its natural beauty and its rightful spot as one of the state's most unique brook trout fisheries.

Steve Brown, a fisheries biologist with the division, explains what makes the Shaver's so special ."It's been a destination for folks for many years, famous for its brook trout fisheries, it's a pretty large at a high altitude. That's unusual for a brook trout stream, most are small streams and Shaver's is a major river."

It also has a major history, it was a favorite of all the rich folk who used to live in the state, and to the ordinary guy who just liked to catch some beautiful trout. Logging on the mountain wiped out that trout population about a century ago, but thanks to a joint effort between West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists and West Virginia University professors and students, Shaver's Fork is making a comeback.

"Shaver's Fork itself has been a project stream of the DNR for more than a decade. We've done more fisheries research here than we have on any other stream in the state, a lot of that research has been through WVU." says Brown.

And that research, combined with a train that actually carried logs off this mountain a hundred years ago, has lead to this...a successful restoration project we can all enjoy. The train's hauling these, culvert liners which don't look all that important, but you can bet they are.

"These are sleeves that are going in the culverts, they are going there to facilitate fish passage, brook trout that pass to the main stream out here up into the head waters of the spawning tributary. These liners are specifically designed to facilitate fish passage." says Brown.

And that means more brookie spawning, and better fishing, for all of us to enjoy.



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