March Meeting

Chad Chorney, Trout Unlimited

 

After a short month, it’s already time for LLTU’s monthly chapter meeting. Please join us this Wednesday, March 1, at 7:00 PM, to hear our guest speaker, Chad Chorney, Trout Unlimited’s Mid-Atlantic Organizer for Conservation.

 

Chad is a native of Elmira, NY, and earned a BS degree in Fisheries Management at Mansfield State University in PA. He moved to Idaho 12 years ago and worked as a fishing guide. He was then hired by TU in 2011 to work on river restoration projects in the Big Wood River watershed near Ketchum, ID.

 

Chad recently moved back east to Pennsylvania and has assumed a role in TU’s Mid-Atlantic Conservation program. Chad is passionate about fly fishing, bird hunting, travel, and outdoor photography. He is looking forward to introducing his English Setter and Springer Spaniel to the grouse woods of PA.  As usual, we meet at Wildlands Conservancy's Environmental Education building, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus.

Annual Spring Event

March 4, 2017

Our Annual Spring Event, sponsored jointly by LLTU, Monocacy TU, Hokendauqua TU, and Forks of the Delaware TU will take place this Saturday, March 4, 2017, starting at 9:00 AM.

 

Our featured presenter will be Eric Stroup, Guide, Author, Fly Tier, and Videographer based out of Spruce Creek, PA .  Eric’s presentation will be about the Little Juniata and the Juniata River, with an emphasis on trout and smallmouth bass.  

 

Unlike the previous few years, this year’s Spring Event will be held at the Stockertown Rod & Gun Club in Stockertown. The street address for your GPS is 204 Le Fevre Rd, Easton, PA 18040. 

Free Admission, plus great raffle prizes.

Fly Fishing Film Tour 2017

Get Your Tickets Now!

2017 marks The F3T’s 11th annual adventure. This year’s lineup of films is one of the finest yet. From Siberia to Idaho, Mexico, Florida, Kamchatka, Alaska, Montana and more, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the globe!

Little Lehigh Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration Project - Phase 2 is Complete

117 Trees & Shrubs Planted Along the Little Lehigh on Saturday, May 14, 2016

 

In April LLTU learned that we were awarded a $5,000 grant from the Rettew Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Rettew Associates, Inc. This grant was used to complete a second phase of our Riparian Buffer Restoration Project along the Little Lehigh adjacent to Spring Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township.  The Phase 2 area overlaps slightly with and extends about 500 feet up stream from our Phase 1 project locaiton that we completed in April as part of our Coldwater Heritage Partnership grant.  Clink on this link to see a MAP OF THE PROJECT LOCATION.

 

LLTU completed the Phase 2 field work on Saturday, May 14, planting 117 native trees and shrubs appropriate for a riparian environment. This work would not have been possible without the generous assistance of approximately 45 volunteers, including Girl Scout Troop 6937, Boy Scout Troop 131, Rettew employees, and some interested members of the community.   And thanks once again to Lower Macungie Township's Public Works Department for augering the planting holes for us in advance of the planting day.  We are looking forward to watching these trees and shrubs grow to maturity over the next several years so that they can intercept stormwater runoff and aid in protecting water quality in the Little Lehigh Creek.  Photos from this event can be found in our Photo Gallery.

 

Little Lehigh Creek Riparian Buffer Restoration Project - Phase 1 is Complete

164 Trees & Shrubs Planted Along the Little Lehigh on Saturday, April 9, 2016

As we announced previously, in February LLTU was awarded a $7,000 grant for a riparian buffer restoration project from the Coldwater Heritage Partnership. This entity is a partnership between the PA Council of TU, PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Fish & Boat Commission, and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. LLTU is proud to have had our riparian buffer project proposal selected for the maximum funding level from this grant opportunity.

 

We completed the field work for this project on Saturday, April 9 with the help of approximately 40 volunteers who braved the cold weather that developed into wet snow. For photos of the work, check out this link from the Morning Call.  Additional photos can be found at our Photo Gallery page for this event.

 

Our project location was on the north side of the Little Lehigh Creek in Lower Macungie Township. We planted a total of 164 native trees and shrubs along a 1,200-foot long section between the creek and Spring Creek Road. This section of the Little Lehigh is susceptible to stormwater runoff from Spring Creek Road and from the residential subdivision on the north side of the road. This section also has limited shade canopy to buffer the stream from the hot summer sun. These riparian plantings will help to mitigate stormwater effects on the creek in this area and will help to provide habitat for macroinvertebrates that spend part of their life cycles in the creek.

 

Thanks to Lower Macungie Township's Public Works Dept. for augering the planting holes ahead of time and for delivering mulch to the project site. Many thanks everyone who helped with the planting, including the scouts and parents of Boy Scout Troop 131 of Wescosville, members of LLTU, and several members of the community. And many thanks to the Coldwater Heritage Partnership for funding this important work.

 

 

Trout in the Classroom News

Getting Ready to Recieve Trout Eggs!!

LLTU is excited to kick-off another year of Trout in the Classroom (TIC). Schools that we will be working with again this year include:

 

Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus
St. John Vianney Regional School, Allentown 
Willow Lane Elementary School, Lower Macungie

 

A fresh shipment of trout eggs is expected in early November and then the program will be underway. Stay tuned for updates!

 

p.s. If you are interested in how many trout were raised and released last year you can view the results here.

LL Bean Donates to LLTU

Fly Rod Combos Donated for Youth Outreach

 

LLTU would like to thank LL Bean for their generous donation to our chaper in early May of two complete fly rod outfits.  LL Bean is a big supporter of TU nationally and often makes donations like this to TU chapters for use in youth or veteran outreach programs.  LLTU will be using these two outfits in our Fly Fishing Youth Camp next June (2017). If anyone is intereseted in volunteering to help instruct youth in fly fishing at this free event next year, please email us at:  info@LLTU.org.  

 

Our Meetings

All meetings are held the first Wednesday of the Month at the Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA. (However, we do not meet in June, July, or August) If anyone has any suggestions on what sort of programs or guest speakers you would enjoy seeing, please email us at info@LLTU.org. Tight Lines!

 

"The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly."  ~ Author Unknown

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Little Lehigh Trout Unlimited

PO Box 51

East Texas, PA 18046

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