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  • $50K for Brook Trout Restoration!

    Hey gang,

    Received the below email and just had to share this with you. This is big news and shows the ongoing support there is for Brook Trout restoration in Georgia. NGTO is a staunch supporter of the Back the Brookie program and the news of this $50K grant made my day! For all of you have contributed your resources and time in support of the Back The Brookie program, this shows your hard work has been noted and that it is paying off!

    Bravo Zulu to Kevin McGrath and his team for a job well done!

    Georgia’s Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) partners, Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited, GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division and USFS-Chattahoochee National Forest, have been awarded $50,000 for brook trout restoration in the Chattahoochee National Forest by the EBTJV.

    This project supports three of EBTJV’s management priorities: improving brook trout habitat, protecting brook trout from exotic competition, and reducing habitat fragmentation. Partners will work on streams throughout several watersheds in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Partners include: USDA Forest Service, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, Wadmalaw Island Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Trout Unlimited, North Georgia Technical College, and Soque River Watershed Association.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture are investing $347,000 in eight habitat restoration projects this year. This funding, matched with an additional $1,448,471 from partners, will enhance or restore water quality and habitat in 19 miles of stream and remove 14 fish passage barriers to provide access to more than 26 miles of stream.

    Four of the projects selected for funding occur in Maine, and Massachusetts, West Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee each have one project. The work will address several of the partnership’s management priorities including restoring fish passage by removing barriers such as culverts and dams, improving water quality, and protecting eastern brook trout populations by removing competing exotic fish. These projects will also serve to strengthen local partnerships that work to conserve brook trout habitats and populations for future generations.

    Brook trout are native to the eastern U.S., and live only in cold, clean waters. Often considered indicators of watershed health, eastern brook trout populations have declined greatly and are now primarily found in scattered headwaters streams. Restoring stream connectivity is essential to restoring populations of eastern brook trout.

    From 2006 through 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has provided more than $2.3 million to the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture for brook trout projects. An additional $10 million in matching funds has been provided by partners including multiple local chapters of Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, Project SHARE, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and many state agencies. All together, 61 projects in 14 states have been funded resulting in 67 miles of enhanced stream habitat, 41 miles of enhanced riparian habitat, 112 restored upland acres, and the reconnection of more than 79 miles of stream habitats.

    The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture is a unique partnership of state and federal agencies, regional and local governments, businesses, conservation organizations, universities and private citizens. The joint venture is a geographically focused, locally driven, and scientifically based effort to protect, restore and enhance aquatic habitat throughout the range of the eastern brook trout. Its vision is to ensure health coldwater systems with fishable brook trout populations throughout their historic eastern geographic range.
    Last edited by Buck Henry; 07-23-11, 07:53 PM.
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    That is great, I have worked on several of the projects this will help with many more. But look what the announcement has done, named many streams that we are not allowed to speak about on the forum.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by narcodog View Post
      But look what the announcement has done, named many streams that we are not allowed to speak about on the forum.
      Good point Narco! I amended the annoucement letter to lessen the impact of posting this announcement here on NGTO. But it is a Catch-22 kind of thing; hard to promote / announce stream restoration efforts without publishing what the money is being used for.
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      • #4
        That is great news.Hats off to all to make this possible.
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