2017 CONSERVATION PROJECTS
To become the recognized conservation leader organization bringing stakeholder conservation groups together to help protect, preserve and restore all three Saluda River water sheds and other Coldwater fisheries in South Carolina.
1. Remove the dam and pond at the headwaters of Matthews Creek, and uncover the natural water source from a mountain bog, that currently lies under the pond.
2. Restore and improve Brook Trout habitat on Howard's Creek.
3. Participate with other chapters on stream clean ups on the Chattooga, Chauga and South Saluda river trails and streams.
4. Install and maintain 10 water temperature monitor systems on the Chauga and its tributaries.
5. Spearhead the culvert survey program (40 culverts to be surveyed) in conjunction with the US Forest Service bottomless culvert replacement program.
6. Replace the outdated Trout Unlimited information on the kiosk in Jones Gap State Park to better recognize Trout Unlimited contributions and conservation efforts.
7. Develop and support the growth of middle school student’s involvement beyond Trout in the Classroom program, through trout fishing and conservation projects.
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 11, 2017
The ORVIS Corporation has awarded the Mountain Bridge Chapter, MBTU, of Trout Unlimited, $2400 to expand the chapters Conservation, Fly Fishing initiative at a second Middle School in Greenville County. This grant will provide funding for equipment, training materials and mentoring outings for the students. Tom Theus chapter president said, “This program impacts students beyond the classroom, with real life field exposure and involvement in addressing clean water challenges through their involvement.”
The chapter currently sponsors a program called, Trout in the Classroom (TIC), at ten county middle schools. This initiative is supported through a partnership grant with Fluor Corporation. MBTU provides the aquariums, chillers, supplies and training and oversight where the students raise the trout from eggs provided by the SC Department of Natural Resources, until they are released at the end of the school year into Carrick Creek, at Table Rock State Park.
Gary Davis, TIC chairman said, “Seeing students on a stream, then relating that experience to the controlled classroom environment is a real-world awakening. The survival rate in the classroom is ten times higher than in the wild. They quickly understand the challenges and importance of cold, clean water initiatives and how they impact trout survival rates in the natural stream environment”
Orvis, a national retailer is recognized as a leader in conservation efforts, pledging 5% of their pre-tax profits to conservation initiatives. They provide in store and online outdoor fishing equipment, apparel and supplies with a store in downtown Greenville. For more information go to Orvis.com.
Mountain Bridge Chapter #46 is a member of Trout Unlimited National, a conservation organization with over 175,000 members. The upstate chapter has 650 members and volunteers. Meetings are held at 6:30 PM on the third Monday of each month at the Mauldin Cultural Center on Butler Road. For more information go to Mountainbridgetu.org or TU.org