We have all heard the phrase, ‘Don’t just talk-the-talk but walk-the-walk.’ That popular saying is so true because the hectic schedule of our everyday lives keeps us from doing the things that can make a difference to others. Most of us have good intentions but it is hard to bring those intentions to fruition. Some persevere though and accomplish a worthy goal.
One such person is Logan Rund. He has just finished up his junior year at Morris Community High School. Logan is active in the community in many ways and one of those endeavors includes Boy Scouts. You may be thinking, hmmm, a junior in high school, Boy Scouts, yep, you guessed it. Logan has just completed his Eagle Scout project and it will have a tremendous impact on the outdoors.
Logan organized, gathered materials and manpower, and created 32 fish habitat pallets that he placed in Lake Chaminwood in Minooka. I have heard and read about a lot of Eagle Scout projects, but this one really struck home with me. Fish habitat can improve a local fishery in a very short amount of time and people are always looking for a good place to go fishing.
The first scheduled date for this event was during the heavy flooding earlier this spring; because of that setback this event took place last weekend with the help of many volunteers. Together they would bind three pallets into one structure. After this task cement blocks were then fastened to the pallets. They then placed the pallet onto a platform situated on the front of a boat and slowly idled their way to the drop locations. The platform was then tilted and the structure sank to the bottom of the lake where I have no doubt curious fish were soon investigating their new homes.
Solid cover, such as these habitat pallets, is important to the health of a fishery. During the warmer months there can be an abundance of vegetation and other seasonal materials that provide protection for fish. During the winter months though these sources of protection die off and these pallets are going to provide wonderful protection all year.
I asked Logan how he became interested in fishing and the outdoors. He said that as long as he can remember his grandfather was his biggest influence. Their family cabin is in Ely, Mn. and has been a place of warm memories and good times for many years. Fishing with grandpa made a huge impact on this young man. The time that Logan’s family has spent with him during his formative years in the outdoors has helped mold him into the person he is today.
When asked about why he chose an Eagle Scout project about the outdoors Logan responded, “I had seen other non-outdoors projects and they didn’t click with me. I wanted to do something in the field that I love and might work in someday.”
That is what we need; people who are passionate about taking care of the environment around us.
“The day went as smooth as I could have asked for,” Logan said, “There were no injuries and people created some easy solutions to the tasks at hand.”
There is a long list of folks he would like to thank, starting with Ritchie Brothers and Northwestern Corporation. These two businesses donated the pallets that were bundled together for the fish habitat.
He would also like to thank Stan Motter, Ray and Rose Grossi, John Kleinfeldt, Bob and Claudia Rogers, Pat McClosky, Glen Buckner from the Will County Forest Preserve and Rob Miller the local State Biologist.
“Looking back I never thought that I would have made it this far,” Logan reflected in reference to his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.
He is well on his way to accomplishing that goal. Keep it up. We need quality people working in the outdoors industry that understand how to manage this resource for future generations to enjoy. We are all proud of you Logan!
If you know of others in our area that are making a positive impact on the outdoors, drop me a line. I would love to hear about it. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org