Funds will support the Warner River Watershed Conservation Project!!!
The Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited has received a grant of $4,000 through the Trout Unlimited national Embrace-A-Stream grant program. This grant, together with $4,397 additional chapter funds, will be used to hire a seasonal student intern who will coordinate our 2016 Stream Crossing Assessment & Outreach Campaign.
This will be the fifth year of the Warner River Watershed Conservation Project, a joint partnership of the Basil Woods Chapter, NH Fish & Game, the Warner Conservation Commission, and local volunteers. During this year’s campaign, the partners will gather data on habitat fragmentation by continuing road-stream crossing assessments in the Andrew Brook subwatershed and will be implementing a new outreach program for watershed communities and landowners identified as having property on wild brook trout streams. Site visits will be conducted with interested landowners to demonstrate the value of these streams through electrofishing and macro-invertebrate sampling. The project objectives are to promote stewardship of these valuable streams and to identify resources and opportunities to conserve the watershed and its high water quality.
“We’re thrilled to be able to take the next steps toward conserving this watershed, thanks to this Embrace-A-Stream grant,” said Alex Hicks, Basil Woods Chapter President. “The results of our previous fish and habitat surveys identify a high quality watershed with plenty of wild brook trout and excellent water quality. This is a watershed that is well worth preserving. With this grant, we can take a proactive approach toward increasing its resilience to the pressures of future development and climate change.”
To learn more about this project, please explore this blog and join us at our next chapter meeting on Thursday, April 21st, for a presentation on the Warner River Watershed Conservation Project featuring Fisheries Biologist Ben Nugent with George Embley. The presentation will cover work accomplished and future opportunities for the project. Open to all! 6pm Social Hour; 7pm Presentation at The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Building, 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord.
Embrace-A-Stream is a matching grant program administered by Trout Unlimited that awards funds to local chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, the grant program has funded more than 1,000 individual projects for a total of $4.4 million in direct cash grants. Local chapters and councils contributed an additional $13 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of more than $17 million.
This year, a total of $84,941 was awarded to 26 chapters and councils, for projects restoring stream habitat, improving fish passage, and protecting water quality in 18 different states from coast to coast. The grant program is funded almost entirely by individual donations from Trout Unlimited members and conservation-minded individuals who know that local restoration projects, led by local volunteers, can make a big difference in improving the health and habitat in our nation’s rivers and streams.
About Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with more than 150,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Visit us online at tu.org.
About the Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited
The Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited serves more than 300 members in central New Hampshire near Concord. Chapter members volunteer thousands of hours and raise thousands of dollars each year to support our many projects. Visit us at http://www.concordtu.org/