1) The Foothills Chapter is once again presenting their “Hoot In The Hills” at the Helendorf Hotel in Helen, GA on March 24th! Here is the link to more information. http://www.georgiafoothills.org/
2) The annual “Sweep the Hooch” sponsored by the Chattahoochee River Keeper is April 7th this year. Be sure to sign up as waders since they need more of that type of volunteer than the shore folks. Either way, be sure to sign up to help! For more information: https://chattahoochee.org/sweep-the-hooch/
3) 2018 Rizzio Fly Fishing and Conservation Clinic – A Great Time for All! April 28th!
The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited offers a comprehensive half-day fly fishing clinic for young men and women, ages 10 to 15. For more information:
Lovinggood Creek Workday July 22
Volunteers needed! Contact Sandy Reinauer <email@example.com>
Lovingood Creek is a high quality brook trout stream in the Noontootla River drainage. We will be continuing a project started 3 years ago to enhance brook trout habitat. We will be installing log stream structures in the creek to create additional pool habitat and overhead cover. Logs will be strategically placed in the stream and anchored in place to increase stream depth and complexity. We will meet at the junction of FS 42 and FS 58A at 0900 and drive into the work site. We plan to finish up by 12-12:30.
Directions to Lovinggood Creek Worksite
From Dahlonega: Take Highway 52 west for approx. 9 miles to Nimblewill Church Road. Turn right and go approx. 2 miles to FS road 28-1 (brown sign to Jones Creek/Camp Wahsega just before church). Turn right on FS 28-1. After 2 miles the road forks, take left fork onto FS 77. Go approx. 5 miles to Windingstair Gap. Turn left on FS road 42 and go approximately 4 miles to the intersection with FS 58A (approximately 1.5miles W of the Springer Mtn Parking lot. (GSP location of intersection is N34.64871/ W084.21465). Turn right on FS 58A and go approx. 1 mile to work site.
From Blue Ridge : So south on Aska Road to end (13.5 miles). Turn right on Newport Road and go 4.5 miles to end. Turn right on Doublehead gap road and go 2.0 miles to FS 42 (Mt Pleasant Church is on right). Turn left on FS 42 and go approximately 5 miles to the intersection with FS 58A(GSP location of intersection is N34.64871/ W084.21465). Turn left on FS 58A and go approx. 1 mile to work site.
From Woodstock: Take I 575/hwy. 515 north to East Ellijay, Take GA Hwy 52 East approx. 4 miles and turn left onto Big Creek Rd. (Dollar General store). Take Big Creek road which turns into Doublehead gap rd. approx. 11 miles to FS Rd #42 on the right (there is a Blue Ridge WMA sign at this intersection) Turn right onto FS Rd #42 and go approx. 5 miles to intersection with FS 58A. Turn left onto FS 58A and go approx. 1 mile to worksite.
Lost quite a few over Christmas break. Ones that are left are doing well and getting bigger since there is less competition in the tank. Hoping we will be able to release 30-40 this spring when they are fingerlings!
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students and their teacher in grades k-12;
- raise trout from eggs to fry.
- monitor tank water quality.
- engage in stream habitat study.
- learn to appreciate water resources.
- begin to foster a conservation ethic.
- grow to understand ecosystems.
Most programs end the year by releasing their trout in a state-approved stream near the school or within a nearby watershed. During the year each teacher tailors the program to fit his or her curricular needs. Therefore, each program is unique. TIC has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education.
Tailwater TU is proud to sponsor Trout in the Classroom for Flowery Branch High School.
From Rick Godfrey
(the teacher in charge of the project at the highschool):
October 18th 2016. Almost all have hatched! And the kids are naming them! They will probably start the swim up stage in a week or so and that’s when we start feeding them. Kids and teachers check on them daily. Cool project!