Originally Posted by TF
There are some rivers or stretches if river that they may not clear the strainers out of the river where recreation is not the main concern, but rather the habitat is. (i.e. Fish, wildlife, etc) A prime example of this is the San Miguel. The BLM works extensively to keep the river clear, but only to a minimal as this stretch of river is in the San Miguel Area of Critical Environmental Concern. By just going out and clearing everything out of the drainage, you could potentially cause more damage then good.
This is an important point. I'll admit that when I saw the photos of the "halfway done" wood clearing operation, it made my stomach churn. I don't know details of this stream,... fish/habitat issues and whether taking out that logjam is a "significant" impact, so I mean this very generally. I just hope that kayakers are not indiscriminately clearing wood, especially in streams that see very few boaters, that have sensitive species, and/or that have potential problems with access or shared use (fisherman who can be big allies in the fight for recreational river rights).