The Eastern Brook Trout Newsletter South Eastern Division by cwv18084


									                Protect, Restore, Reconnect, Sustain

         The Eastern Brook Trout
          South Eastern Division
               A partnership between
               Trout Unlimited And the
          Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture,
             Together with all who value
             Brook Trout And its Habitat

GEORGIA -                                                                       Contents:
Presented by Kevin McGrath, Georgia TU’s BTB Chair                                                         Georgia           1
                                                                          South Carolina    2
Interns: This years’ intern program has been a great success. This fiscal Virginia          3
year, our interns have worked nearly 1,600 hours, 1,500 hours in the third
quarter alone!

In 2008, 30 stream structures have been built improving existing brook trout habitat on Stover
Creek, High Shoals Creek, North Moccasin Creek and Ramey Creek. Stover and High Shoals
both received 12 new structures.

A new barrier was constructed on Tate Branch and a natural barrier was improved on Stover
Creek to prevent rainbow and brown trout from migrating upstream. Contractors were em-
ployed on these projects to augment technical expertise and heavy equipment on Tate Branch.
Construction was done by hand on Stover Creek.

Interns have continued to supplement TU Chapter volunteers in our water sampling program.
This has been particularly helpful in conducting water sampling for opportunity events such as
immediately following a rainstorm. They have also been out in the field mapping habitat and
electroshock sampling existing and suspected brookie streams.

Back-the Brookie was significantly helped this year by $9,000 in Chapter donations plus an ad-
ditional $1,500 from NGTO. These funds have gone directly to support the intern program

Chapter Projects: 2008 was a good year for Chapter stream projects. Many of the projects
were supported by multiple Chapters this year. Some projects had over seven Chapters being
represented and as many as forty volunteers. TU volunteers worked on the following streams:
                     Little Rock Creek                               1          
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                      North Fork Moccasin Creek
                      Ramey Creek
                      Stover Creek
                      Upper Chattahoochee River

Stover Creek: Stover Creek is our primary restoration
project. GA TU Back-the-Brookie to supporting Gold
Rush and Oconee River TU’s lead on this initiative.
The Chapter’s were awarded a TU Embrace-A-Stream
grant for the project. To date, some of these funds have
helped employ interns to supplement TU volunteers in
building stream structures. EBTJV monies have funded
the barrier enhancement at the lower end of the brook
trout range.

So far, 12 structures and the barrier have been completed. A total of over 40 structures are
planned. At the conclusion of the project, we intend to erect educational signage in the Three
Forks area.

EBTJV: Good news – we recently were informed by the USFWS that a grant submitted by the
USFS, GA DNR and GA TU was awarded $35,000 for our 2008 application. Those funds will
be available over the next three years to help fund interns, materials and construction costs.

We have depleted our 2007 EBTJV funding of $31,850 over the past two years and will be ap-
plying again for 2009 EBTJV grant funding.

South Carolina
Report by David Van Lear

King Creek, Crane Creek, and Tamassee Creek, are streams that have been restored to brook
trout, and were electro-fished by the SC Department of Natural Resources, with help from TU
volunteers, in late June, 2008, to determine the status of the restored populations. DNR also
wanted to monitor the effects of the severe drought on brookies in different stream reaches.
South Carolina has been experiencing a long-term severe drought for several years and it is hav-
ing a major impact on flow levels of headwater streams in the region. Results indicated that the
reintroduced brookies were generally surviving well, except in the extreme upper (smaller) por-
tions of each of the streams where the on-going drought had reduced flows to extremely low

DNR replaced several culverts on Moody Creek that would have blocked brook trout move-
ment. The stream will be restored to Southern Appalachian brook trout next year. The Depart-
ment also removed competing rainbow trout in the stream by electro-fishing.                               2          
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DNR and TU prepared a Proposal for Funding for evaluating the habitat of 10 or more streams
in the state-owned Jocassee Gorges, a 43,000-acre mountain wilderness on the border of South
Carolina and North Carolina. These streams will be ranked according to their suitability for
brook trout restoration, which will begin next year.

Education and Partnering:
TU member and outdoor reporter Larry Ross wrote a story published in the Anderson Inde-
pendent-Journal about the brook trout restoration program in South Carolina.

A story about the brook trout restoration program in SC appeared in the Spring/Summer 2008
issue of the Jocassee Journal of the SC Department of Natural Resources.

A list of landowners who own property adjacent to brook trout streams is being prepared so
they can be invited to a field trip to a brook trout stream in the spring of 2009. There they will
hear information about the status of the brook trout and efforts to bring the southern Appala-
chian strain of the species back to some semblance of its former numbers. The goal of the
meeting will be to make private landowners aware of land-use practices that could hurt brook
trout populations and to encourage them to be partners in the brook trout restoration program in
South Carolina

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