Clean Water, Healthy Trout – Celebration and Workshops
June 13, 2014, in Franconia, N.H.
FRANCONIA, N.H. -- Learn about a new effort to protect and restore trout habitat and join in fun for the entire family at an event sponsored by the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust. N.H. Fish and Game biologists and local volunteers will offer fly tying and casting workshops, a special “spawning run” race for kids, and lots more, plus food and the Wicked Smart Horn Band. Games and demos from 3 p.m. until 6, food starts at 5. Music at 7. At Franconia’s Dow Field, exit 38 off I-93. Free admission.
Clean Water/Healthy Trout is a local effort to protect clean water and restore habitat for all fish, but especially the Eastern Brook Trout, our native trout. The North Country (or western White Mountains) is fortunate to have many wild, native brook trout in their small streams. Those fish have been here since the retreat of the glaciers 10,000 years ago. Landowners along streams and rivers are being asked to join in to discover how many trout are living in their streams, and what they might do to protect the fish by conserving their land and adopting ways to improve the habitat.
What’s good for trout is good for people. Trout need clear, cold, clean water – just like us.
Working together on this project are:
- NH Fish and Game (through the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture). Fish and Game biologists are leading the survey work on the streams, electro-fishing and macro-invertebrate identification and providing technical assistance to the project.
- Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, the North Country’s regional community land trust. ACT will work with landowners on creating permanent protection for land along streams and rivers.
- Plymouth State University. PSU interns and staff are working this summer doing on-the-ground site assessments with participating landowners.
- Trout Unlimited, Ammonoosuc Chapter. TU volunteers are helping with the fish surveys, site assessments, and landowner outreach.
This summer’s work is a feasibility project to determine landowner interest in the concept of permanent stream corridor protection. It is focused on two streams in the Ammonoosuc watershed: the Ham Branch in Easton and Franconia, and the Salmon Hole Brook in Sugar Hill and Lisbon. These streams have population of wild trout, but are also susceptible to the pressures of a developed environment, such as new home development at the water’s edge, culverts and bridges that block fish from moving up and downstream, runoff from roads, fertilizers from yards, and land clearing.
The concept is to take the work that has been done on stream restoration in other parts of the region, Nash Stream and the Nulhegan, for instance, and apply it to a more “suburban” setting, where there is more pressure from residential use and fragmentation.
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