Today, our Chapter had 10 members participate in the Council workday at Lovinggood Creek. Our Members included:
As usual, we started the day at the Wagon Wheel and had a breakfast our mamas would have been proud of. Bacon, eggs, biscuits, gravy, hash browns, we ate it all. At 8am we left the Wheel and began the trip to streamside. As our four vehicles progressed up the mountain, our day almost ended before it began. A tree had fallen across the Forest Service road and had traffic blocked in both directions. Including us, there were 6 vehicles unable to get through. Fortunately Kevin Grant had a small saw in the back of his truck, and after an hour of work, we were able to section the tree, move the trunk, and clear the road. Without Kevin’s strength and energy, this would not have gotten done.
Arriving at the stream around 10:30, we quickly donned our waders and got to work. During the course of two hours, we were able to help approximately 20 other TU members clear brush, move rocks, and build 4 stream structures in approximately 200 yards of stream. I am attaching a few pictures, and I want you to notice the difference we made. In one photo, it appears as though Ken is in the jungle. In another picture you will note that this area is cleared, and the stream is visible. Strategic placement of logs and movement of rocks changed the complexion of the stream. As you will see from the pictures, this is a tiny stream. Yet it has brook trout present. One of these tiny guys was actually swimming in a pool we had constructed as we left. After the work was done, we all had a great lunch of barbeque at the parking area.
At the end of the day, we can say we did good things. The section of stream we worked on is deeper, clearer, and better able to support the native brook trout population. As a side benefit, we all got to know each other better as we worked as a team.
I want to thank all the members who participated. You did great. I would also like to thank all the other members of our Chapter. You may not have been at this workday, but most of you have been to ones in the past. Gold Rush as a rule has the most participation of any chapter. This is important, and you get that. Thank You!!
Mike Thornton – President