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URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

Round Pond Reclamation - Dates have been set for reclamation of Round Pond in Albany Township, the fifth pond of our 5in5 Pond Reclamation Program. Fisheries biologists Francis Brautigam, Jim Pellerin and Brian Lewis deserve our support for doing what they set out to do: improve coldwater fisheries here in southern Maine by restoring native brook trout to ponds that have become overrun with introduced species. This is the largest and most ambitious effort yet, and could produce a self-sustaining trophy brook trout fishery.

Here are the schedule and volunteer needs:
- Session 1: Wednesday August 26 (1 day) Drain pond: 4 volunteers with Jim & Brian. COMPLETE
- Session 2 RESCHEDULED: Friday September 11. Pump Down Flowages and Build Coffer Dams: Up to 6 TU volunteers with Brian and Jim. Contact Steve Heinz by Wednesday, September 2 to sign up.

This is manual labor such as moving hoses and filling sandbags. You’ll be working side by side with the biologists, so anything you’ve ever wanted to ask… Lunch will be provided. We’ll try to set up car pools where possible. All volunteers will receive recognition and a TU volunteer tee shirt at an upcoming TU Chapter meeting.


Metallic Mining Rules Fail to Pass Maine Legislature

Despite their approval by the Maine Senate, the Legislature failed to pass the weakened Metallic Mining Rules that we so feared would result in the poisoning of some of Maine's finest brook trout waters.

The communications that you sent to your legislators are what made the difference.


Let's hope that this terrible idea never comes before the legislature again. Maybe the latest disaster in Colorado (unlike Maine, a mining state that should know better) will convince proponents that metallic mining is not for Maine.






Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Preliminary information - details and how to sign up will become available as planning progresses:

Crooked River Tributary Salmon Redd Survey
Timeframe: Second week in November
Training: OJT will be provided
Partner: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Region A
Special: Always special to work with Region A’s biologists

Crooked River Salmon Weir Monitoring and Maintenance
Timeframe: Postponed until Fall 2016



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Chapter Meetings

 

We normally meet third Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. October through March in the meeting rooms at Cabela's, 100 Cabela's Boulevard in Scarborough. Our final meeting of this cycle was on March 17.


Contact Program Chair Dave Bowie with any ideas or suggestions you might like to see for future chapter meetings.





Gray Ghosts Fly-Tying Club



First Parish Church, Yarmouth

Old tiers, folks who want to learn, come join us with Maine guide and nationally recognized Master Fly Casting Instructor Rod McGarry. Tying gear available for those who need it. We meet November through March on most second and fourth Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30.


CLICK HERE to view details about our tying sessions.

 


Our next Tying Session will be in November - but Rod never sleeps. Here's his latest!

From September 27th thru October 3rd, the 144th Cumberland fair will open their gates to fairgoers for seven days, and I wanted to ask:

Will you join us at the 2015 Cumberland Fair to share the ideas, insights and concepts of Trout Unlimited? There's a fantastic article in the Maine Sunday Telegram (9/28) about what we did at the Fair last year http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/28/off-to-a-flying-start/

You need to register by September 1 to participate. You can do that this way: First go to the website: http://cumberlandfair.com. Click on Registration Forms, then click on the ‘Plus Sign” …you will see the listing for Exhibition Hall Registration( seventh item down). Click on that and fill out the form.

For example I am submitting three entries. …so I have submitted three entry forms ( one for each item)...Under “Classification" I have written "Crafts & Hobbies" , under "Class Number" I have entered "15.315" ( from page 19) and under “Class Description" I have three forms 1) Six Traditional Wet Flies, 2) Four Smallmouth Bass Flies and 3) Six Attractor Streamers . You may enter whatever you choose ..."a display of no less than 4, no more than 1o" ( from page 19).

Contact Rod for questions.



 

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