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    TU to perform major Flatbrook restoration project

    This has been brewing for some time, but the Fred Burroughs/North Jersey TU chapter is announcing a river restoration/fish habitat enhancement project slated for the BFB in the proposed new TCA section (Blewett Tract downstream to the Roy Bridge, a length of approx. 1 1/2 miles).

    We will begin with a survey and subsequent design of the work to be performed on June 16th. Our chapter meeting in Jefferson (Home) on the 16th will have our river restoration guru, Joseph Urbani of Urbani Fisheries out of Bozeman, MT as our presenter that evening. Joe will give a PP presentation of river restoration demonstrating his leading edge techniques of "bedload manipulation", the most natural looking in-river work that you will see anywhere in channel work is being done. Please feel free to come out and hear more about the project and ask questions of Joe or the chapter stream restoration committee (or ask me, Kindanewbie, NJPatbee, or leakywaders on NEFF). No need to be a TU member to attend our meeting.

    In addition to the in-river work, we have begun to identify using GPS coord. all areas within the proposed TCA and upstream on both the Big and Little Flatbrook Rivers in need of improved riparian buffer plantings. We have an initial planting project on Saturday, August 7th with more plantings planned for spring of 2011 and beyond. These plantings are needed to cool/shade the river and to hold its banks in place. Some sites in need will have to wait until we have completed the in-river work as some banks need to be re-graded before we can plant them.

    In addition, the chapter is looking into a float stocking program to begin in the fall for this stretch with the possibility of additional stretches if we have enough volunteers on Fridays of in-season stockings and the preseason stocking for the Flatbrook.

    Much work will be needed to raise the funds we would like to see spent in the river over the next 2 to 3 years. More on ways interested folks can help financially over the coming days and weeks...but we are hoping to fund this in excess of $50,000 using mainly TU chapter funds raised through our many fund raising activities, volunteer work hours, free plant materials for much of the riparian buffers, and donations and grants wherever we can find them.

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    Re: TU to perform major Flatbrook restoration project

    We have an initial planting project on Saturday, August 7th

    I said in a previous that I would make myself available for restoration . Let me know where to meet.

    Tom


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    Re: TU to perform major Flatbrook restoration project

    Quote Originally Posted by tomfly View Post
    We have an initial planting project on Saturday, August 7th

    I said in a previous that I would make myself available for restoration . Let me know where to meet.

    Tom
    Great, we can use all the help we can get. As this project gets closer, I'll post details on time and place. Right now we have some small quantities of plants to get planted, but we are working on grants and free plant materials (we can get anything we need in early springtime through dogwood and willow cuttings) to augment what we have. My guess is a meeting location at the 3 Bridges hunter/angler parking lot at 8 or 9 am on that Saturday which is pretty standard fair for TU work projects like this one.

    Also, if anyone here wants to learn more about identifying areas in need or riparian buffers, I am more than happy to lead tours on most any north Jersey trout stream to do a show-and-tell. That way we can have more eyes looking for areas to be planted. Visual assessments of the stream banks are the first step towards prioritizing restoration needs. Assessments include the riparian cover, stream banks, and in-channel habitat.

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    Re: TU to perform major Flatbrook restoration project

    FYI - tomorrow (Wed. 6/16) the FSB/North Jersey TU chapter has as its speaker Joe Urbani of Urbani Fisheries out of Bozeman, MT. Joe will be performing the BFB river restoration project and is in town to survey and design this work along with work on the Musky and some other private club waters on other NJ rivers this week. Come on out and see for yourself the work planned for the Flatbrook (and Musky and others). Meeting begins at 7:30 pm at Camp Jefferson in the building more or less straight ahead when you come in off Weldon Road (which is only 1/4 mile off rt. 15 north).

    Also, we just secured a $4,000 grant for riparian buffer plantings for this fall along the BFB to be done with chapter (and other) volunteers ahead of the in-river work. We should be able to secure additional funds for 2011 and beyond to improve the forest canopy to lower river temps in the proposed new TCA and upstream.

    Hope to see some new faces tomorrow night!

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