Stone Mountain Conservation Effort
Good meeting today at Stone Mountain State Park with park staff, TU volunteers and Wildlife Resources staff. We have identified 2 projects to assist with over the next few months. This email provides dates to assist Kevin Hining with trout surveys in and around the park. This survey work will focus on updating genetic information for brook trout in northwest NC. Please pass this on to interested volunteers. Any interested in helping can email Kevin and cc me so I can track volunteer efforts.
We also want to line up volunteers to assist the park with their efforts to protect hemlocks along the stream corridors in the park. This work will be scheduled in April and May. I will pass along dates and more details as soon as I have them along with a volunteer form to fill out and bring with you.
Finally, we have scheduled our next meeting for June 13 at 10 AM. We meet at the park office. This meeting will focus on identifying projects and setting priorities with SMSP and NCWRC staff.
Below are the dates I currently have planned to do trout surveys, from now through July. I can send you dates for later in the summer and fall as we get further along.
March 18, 19
April 10, 15, 24
May 7, 15, 29
June 10, 11
July 1, 2, 15, 16
For most dates, if someone wants to assist me, I can change the survey around to fit a location they might be interested in (Stone Mt. State Park, Ashe County, Watauga, etc.,), as well as the intensity (close to a road, 2-3 mile hike, etc.). Definitely love to have anyone out that is interested. Also, feel free to have folks call or email me if they have any questions.
District 7 Fisheries Biologist I
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
AFS Certified Fisheries Professional
Fleetwood, NC 28626