Calling all fishermen, lovers of rivers and woods, landowners with streams on their property, and all those who are curious about how to improve trout habitat!
Lynne Flaccus, naturalist and Chocorua Lake Conservancy Stewardship Director, will lead an exploration of the Scott Reserve in Chocorua with a focus on Allen Brook. Join us to see the work that was done in August of 2018 to enhance brook trout habitat in this tributary of Chocorua River. With a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and work done by Dick Fortin from Tin Mountain Conservation, 1000’ of Allen Brook was targeted.
The project involved cutting trees into portions of the brook to slow water flow and allow gravel build up that trout need for spawning. The logs also create deeper pools that stay cool during the summer months and provide refuge for trout during the hottest days. Prior to the work, Fortin and a biologist from NH Fish and Game surveyed trout presence and spawning habitat. The surveys were used to determine where and how many logs would be placed in the brook to provide the best long term habitat.
In 2019, the CLC will be working with abutting landowners to target another 2000’ feet of brook. If you are interested in learning more about how landowners can become involved in this state effort for brook trout, please join us for our Scott Reserve visit. Wear appropriate footwear for walking and be prepared for bugs. We’ll meet at the trailhead parking area on Scott Road, north of Chocorua Lake on Route 16. Questions: 603-323-6252.
About the Presenter:
Naturalist Lynne Flaccus has 30 years of experience in land conservation and stewardship, managing protected properties, studying wildlife, and educating adults and children.
Photo: Lynne Flaccus