LLTU Chapter Meeting, September 7, 2016
After our summer break, LLTU's programs are ready to start back up for the Fall. Our first chapter meeting of the Fall will be on Wednesday, September 7th, at 7:00 PM. As usual, we will be meeting at Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, in Emmaus. Look for us in the classroom building, located behind the barn.
Our program for the September meeting will be, "Fly Fishing the Salmon River, New York," presented by LLTU member Barry Dobil. This is a timely topic as salmon and steelhead will be starting their spawning runs up in late September and early October. We hope you will join us!
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.
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.
The Trout Eggs Have Grown Into Fingerlings and Have Been Released
LLTU’s three TIC schools received their shipments of brook trout eggs from the PA Fish & Boat Commission during the week of November 1. Each of our three schools has successfully raised most of those eggs to become healthy fingerling brook trout.
Willow Lane school's 231 eggs grew into 148 fingerlings that were released on June 8. Seven Generations school released over 100 fingerlings on May 19. And St. John Vianney Regional School were released their 58 fingerlings into Cedar Creek in Allentown on April 27.
LLTU is looking forward to working with the students and teachers at these three TIC schools again next year to train more classes of aspiring fishery biologists.
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.
Next Montly Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2016
With our May chapter meeting behind us, your LLTU board knows that most of our members are planning summer vacations (which will hopefully involve fishing in some form). Therefore, as is our custom, we are taking a hiatus from our monthly chapter meetings until the Fall. Our monthly meetings will resume on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 7:00 PM. Same location - at the Wildlands Conservancy's classroom building behind the barn. We hope to see you in the Fall. 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!
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)
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