Listen to Pioneer Valley Trout Unlimited member and Massachusetts Rhode Island Council Vice Chair, Paul Beaulieu discuss how drought conditions are affecting fish in the area on New England Public Radio:
STAY UP-TO-DATE ON TU’s UPPER CONNECTICUT “HOME RIVERS” INITIATIVE!
GBTU’s October 24, 2016 program will provide an excellent opportunity for you to hear the latest – directly from the top – about a project that goes to the heart of TU’s Mission in the core of our New England region.
Join us for a comprehensive overview/update of the Upper Connecticut “Home Rivers” Initiative from TU Project Coordinator, himself, Joe Norton. GBTU has been a strong supporter of this project, donating funds that have provided Joe and his team with computer equipment vital to this important effort. In return, Joe has always been willing to spend time with us at GBTU to keep us updated on his progress on the river that so many of us so love to fish.
On this update visit, Joe’s presentation will focus on the following:
- Some brief background on the damaging legacy of logging, log-drives and in-stream crossings,
- An overview of project work that’s been done, specifically, on Indian Stream, one of the Upper Connecticut’s major tributaries,
- A general update on “Home Rivers” restoration work done to date, and;
- An inside look at upcoming projects throughout the Upper Connecticut watershed.
GBTU’s partnership with Joe over the years has been one of our most gratifying relationships, and is continuing to result in strong progress against TU’s Mission and Vision. So don’t miss this opportunity to show your continued support and learn the latest about the successful restoration of the beautiful Upper Connecticut River.
Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 6:30 Doors Open 7:30 Meeting Begins
Place: Drumlin Farm Route 117 Lincoln, MA
Come early! Refreshments will be served!
The Greater Boston Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its September Meeting on Monday, September 26, at Drumlin Farm, 208 S Great Rd (Route 117), Lincoln, MA 01773 (http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/drumlin-farm).
Chris Jackson, head guide of Fly Fish The Deerfield Outfitters, will join us and talk about fishing in Western Mass during this year’s drought conditions, including the Deerfield and Swift Rivers. He will answer your questions and also speak about the Crowningshield Project, a management plan for the Deerfield, FERC, and related developments in Western Mass.
Chris Jackson has been fly fishing for nearly 30 years. He has dedicated his life to this sport, and his passion for fly fishing is contagious. He is committed to each client’s well-being and generously shares insights and tactics to elevate client skills to use on his home waters on the Deerfield and back home. His commitment to innovation, while also respecting tradition, will come through in his presentation.
An informal Casting on the Lawn gathering will take place before the meeting (5 pm) on the lower level, next to the Audubon store. Bring your rod, or just come as you are. There will be several skilled casting instructors who can give your some tips on your casting and talk about fishing techniques and places to fish.
The meeting starts at 6.30, with the program starting at approximately 7.30.
The donation is $10 per person, which includes a light supper and raffle tickets. We will also talk about the this summer’s Fly Fishing with YES program where a number of Chapter Members with Youth Enrichment Services of Boston worked with inner city youth and provided fly casting, fishing, entomology, and conservation instruction at their summer camp in the Berkshires.
If you have questions, please email Bill Pastuszek, Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MA/RI TU Council Annual Meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the big tent.
BBQ will be held immediately after the meeting (~12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
After a uncertain winter, a tentative New England Spring is upon us. The Greater Boston Trout Unlimited Chapter would like to help you to celebrate the onset of Spring by inviting you to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Council's Indian Hollow Camping and Fishing outing and Annual meeting. The Council is comprised of eleven TU chapters throughout the Commonwealth and Rhode Island. Bring your camping and fishing gear! MA Fish and Wildlife stocks the river with about 800 trout the week before the event.
Indian Hollow is a gathering of about 200 TU members from all of the chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and their families. The MA-RI TU Council rents out the Army Corps of Engineers campground in Huntington, MA on a section of the East Branch of the Westfield River, where you can fish day and night, tie flies and stand around telling fish stories by the campfire. You can walk from one group to another learning about other places to fish and meet a bunch of interesting folks with similar interests. The campground is free to use and you can arrive anytime on Friday and stay right through the weekend. You might check with other members of your chapter to see where they typically setup, but it really doesn’t matter.
On Saturday, at about 10:00 a.m. there will be a MA-RI TU Council meeting in the big tent. You’re welcome to join us to learn about some of the hot issues on our plates. This will be followed by a free cookout at noon sponsored by the Council.
Once again this year the Council will hold a raffle and auction at lunch time. Last year, thanks to the generous support of the TU members and guests who attended we raised $2,400, almost as much as we raised during the last Council dinner. We ask for your generosity again this year. As you may know, the Council has been asked by the Buzzards Bay Coalition to contribute $50,000 toward the purchase of land around the headwaters of Angeline Brook in Westport, MA — a tremendous Sea Run Brook Trout stream. $50,000 is a big stretch for us, but with your support we will able to come up with the needed funds for this worthy conservation project. For more information on the Angeline Brook Conservation Project, see article below on Saving Sea-Run Brook Trout.
Some of the featured prizes at this year’s auction/raffle:
- Four Incredibly good Red Sox tickets behind the dugout for a game in June.
- A Thomas and Thomas six weight rod.
- A guided float trip by Chris Jackson from the Deerfield Chapter on the Deerfield River.
- A variety of guided trips on local rivers by anglers who know them the best.
- Some great looking flies, both freshwater and saltwater.
- Collectible fishing books donated by the Cape Cod Chapter.
- And more…
For the first time ever, the Council is also featuring a bake sale at Indian Hollow. Set up near the tent for lunch, there will be all manner of sweet delights available for campers who may have forgotten dessert.
We are still in need of volunteer bakers to round out our baked goods table. Contact us to add your homemade goodness to the table.
In the afternoon, around 2:00 p.m., a group will be gathering tocollect bugs from the stream in order to learn more about what thenymphs and larvae look like and patterns you’ll want to imitate to catchnice fish.
Saturday night, there is a large bonfire at the West end with more heat than you can stand.
Looking forward to seeing you at Indian Hollow!
Please be aware of the issues with bringing firewood from other parts of the state. There will be extra firewood around the campground for free.
Cold Water, Cold Beer: Highlights of River Restoration in the Northeast
This event is sponsored by Greater Boston Trout Unlimited, the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration and Biodiversity for a Livable Climate.
Please join us at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston for an evening of beer tasting, fish stories and a recounting of recent river restoration successes.
Included will be a raffle and short movie about river restoration in Massachusetts. All proceeds benefit The Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition, Greater Boston Trout Unlimited and Biodiversity for a Livable Planet in support of river restoration.
If you are interested in attending, PLEASE RESERVE your place in advance.
Attendees must have a ticket and/or be on our Guest List to gain admission. For admission, click the ORANGE DONATE button near the bottom of the page to purchase a single ticket. Address and access information to the event will be sent by email in return for your donation. (allow 1 – 2 days for processing.)
For more information or to reserve your place, please see http://www.searunbrookie.org/cold-water-cold-beer/
Over the past year, GBTU, the MA-RI Council, and TU National have been actively engaged in protecting prime trout habitat and coldwater resources in Massachusetts from the possible effects of a major pipeline project that was proposed to cross the Housatonic, Westfield, Deerfield, and Millers River watersheds. Actions by TU include GBTU giving oral and written testimony regarding the impact on coldwater resources to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities; supporting TU National’s comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement to FERC; and signing on to a formal Motion to Intervene filed by TU National with FERC.
These actions were sufficient that Tennessee Gas Pipeline, the firm that sought to build the pipeline, requested a conference call with TU to discuss our concerns; a number of GBTU members and members of other chapters participated in the call to ensure the interests of coldwater resources were well represented. Additionally, a plan for field monitoring of the construction of the pipeline was being developed at the time the suspension was announced by TGP.
Below is a blog post from Katy Dunlap of TU National and Kinder Morgan’s statement announcing the suspension.
GBTU Board of Directors
As a result of inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers, Kinder Morgan, Inc., (NYSE: KMI) and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP), have suspended further work and expenditures on the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) project.
In July 2015, KMI’s board announced that it had authorized TGP to proceed with the project's "market path" segment from Wright, New York, to Dracut, Massachusetts, a $3.3 billion investment designed to help alleviate New England's uniquely high natural gas and electricity costs caused by severely limited natural gas transportation capacity currently serving the region.
The board's initial approval was based on existing contractual commitments at the time by local gas distribution companies (LDCs) to purchase natural gas from the project, as well as expected commitments from additional LDCs, electric distribution companies (EDCs), and other market participants in New England. Unfortunately, despite working for more than two years and expending substantial shareholder resources, TGP did not receive the additional commitments it expected. As a result, there are currently neither sufficient volumes, nor a reasonable expectation of securing them, to proceed with the project as it is currently configured.
The insufficient contracted capacity is due to several factors. They include the fact that the New England states have not yet established regulatory procedures to facilitate binding EDC commitments, that the process in each state for establishing such procedures is open-ended, and that the ultimate success of those processes is not assured.
In addition, innovations in production have resulted in a low-price environment that, while good for consumers, has made it difficult for producers to make new long term commitments. Further, current market conditions and counter-party financial instability have called into question TGP’s ability to secure incremental supply for the project. Given these market conditions, continuing to develop the project is not an acceptable use of shareholder funds.
TGP has operated in New England for more than 60 years and remains committed to meeting the critical need for constructing additional natural gas infrastructure in the region. Although we have suspended work and further expenditures on the NED project, TGP will continue to work with customers to explore alternative solutions to address their needs, particularly local distribution companies that are unable to fully serve consumers and businesses in their areas because of the lack of access to abundant, low-cost domestic natural gas.
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Along the beautiful, rugged shoreline of Westport, MA, the Angeline Brook and its branches provide home waters to one of the most important remaining native sea-run brook trout populations in all of New England.
In the face of encroaching development, the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Trout Unlimited Council has a rare opportunity to help preserve it.
How we can help.
The Angeline Brook Land Conservation Project will acquire and permanently protect 102 acres of forested land, including 1.7 miles of high-quality coastal stream habitat along the Angeline Brook watershed.
The project will connect to existing conservation lands, creating a contiguous area of over 630 acres straddling both sides of Angeline Brook, its side channels, and its tributaries.
These assembled parcels and waterways will provide critical protection for one of only two Massachusetts areas where the status of coastal brook trout populations are considered “Abundant.”
The mission of Trout Unlimited is to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
The MA/RI Trout Unlimited Council and its constituent chapters are now seeking to support the Buzzard Bay Coalition and its partners in the land acquisition for The Angeline Brook Project to protect this rare and vital coastal stream and its associated watershed lands.
Time is limited for us and the sea-run trout.
- Eastern brook trout are declining throughout their range due land use change, habitat loss and fragmentation, and interactions with non-native species.
- The proposed land acquisition has been identified by the Massachusetts BioMap 2 as “Core Habitat” and “Critical Natural Landscape.” The Angeline Brook system is one of the most important clusters of remaining native sea-run brook trout populations along New England’s coast.
The Angeline Brook Land Conservation Project has the opportunity to acquire and protect some of the most important lands that support this important resource. In order to secure the remaining $100,000 to purchase the remaining land and embedded watershed, the project needs to be funded by June 1st, 2016.
With the financial support of the member chapters of the MA/RI Council of Trout Unlimited, and with truly valued donations from you, we can meet this goal.
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Thank you so very much. See you on the water!
Recent Examples of Successful MA/RI Trout Unlimited Support of Land/Watershed Conservation Projects.
- Sea-run brook trout protection work at the Lyman Reserve in Wareham, Massachusetts in conjunction with a variety of state agencies and entities.
- Financial assistance given by the Council and member chapters to the Franklin Land Trust for their purchase of property in Heath, MA along the West Branch of the North River.
More information about The Angeline Brook Land Conservation Project.
- The primary objective of this project is to protect a substantial amount of key habitat supporting sea-run brook trout and the associated high quality ecological conditions indicated by their presence. The project helps to preserve the rural character of this area and expands recreational access for the public to the stream and the open space around it.
- The Angeline Brook Land Conservation Project is a rare opportunity to intervene before the Angeline Brook populations go the way of the other sea-run brook trout habitats.
- The MA-RI Council is supporting the Buzzards Bay Coalition and its project partners (Westport Land Conservation Trust and Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.) These latter organizations all have full time conservation land management staff and the necessary resources to appropriately steward this conservation land.
- A conservation restriction will separately be placed on all of the property to further ensure permanent protection.
- These streams are regularly assessed by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for the fish resource, water quality and habitat temperature.
PastaFest 2016 is Coming Up!
Great Prizes! Live & Silent Auctions! Terrific Food! Wonderful Company! Help GBTU on its Coldwater Conservation Mission!
GBTU’s Annual Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at the Hibernian Hall,151 Watertown Street Watertown MA from 4 – 8 PM. Dinner @ 5:30.
Auction Items Include:
- Weatherby’s Lodge: Grand Lake Stream, ME; 2 nights/2 people; landlocked salmon, brook trout and smallmouth bass
- Margaree River, Nova Scotia: 1 week fishing w guide for wild Atlantic salmon and brook trout fishing
- Grants Camps Maine: 2 nights/2 people, fishing for wild brook trout and landlocked salmon on Kennebago watershed
- Bosebuck Camps Maine: 2 nights/2 people fishing the upper Magalloway River ME for brook trout
- Lopstick Lodge: Pittsburg NH, 2 nights/2 people, fishing for trout and salmon on Conn River
- Arlington Inn: Arlington VT, 2 nights/2 people on Battenkill River for wild trout
Tickets are $35 – pre-purchase at https://squareup.com/store/greater-boston-chapter-trout-unlimited or at the door. Contact John Salemi @ 508-481-3034 (h) or 617-538-1490 (c) with any questions. See GBTU Facebook or www.gbtu.org for more details. If you can’t attend but want to enter the raffle, let John know.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event or in getting involved in other GBTU chapter activities, please contact Bill Pastuszek, President, TUGreaterBoston@gmail.com.