President's message - October 2015

President’s message – October 2015

The end of September marked the transfer of the Valles Caldera from management by a trust to management by the National Park Service. It also marked the end of the Land and Water Conservation Fund as Congress failed to reauthorize it. Thus fund made purchase of the Valles Caldera possible. In its 50 year existence it provided funding for a wide array of projects including purchase of public access to trout fishing waters.
October is the month you can find out where the big browns are because they will be spawning. If you find a redd the trout will either ... Read More
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Valles Caldera Fishing Clinics – Adults and Youth

Francis Peter, Youth Director
From the April 2014 newsletter Volunteers from New Mexico Trout conduct fly fishing clinics for youths (ages 8-16) and adults, allowing up to 20 participants the opportunity to fish the rivers on the Preserve. Participants spend a half day learning about equipment, tackle, knots, stream insect sampling and identification. Participants will have time to practice their casting in the morning and then head for the stream in the afternoon. Bring a lunch to enjoy along the stream and be prepared for weather. This activity is extremely popular, so sign up early. The Clinic schedule for 2014 ... Read More
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Conservation Update

Ron Loehman, Conservation Chair
From the April 2014 newsletter Each season New Mexico Trout members volunteer for work on conservation projects in support of the US Forest Service and other state and federal resource management agencies. Many of the projects are on streams in the Jemez Mountains and most are on weekends.Our first project was a great success, cleaning up trash along the Rio Guadalupe on 12 April. Sixteen hardy souls tromped through the underbrush retrieving 39 large bags of trash – enough to fill a full size pickup bed and then some! Afterwards, they enjoyed a streamside lunch and ... Read More
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Volunteers Sought for Valles Caldera Study

Dave Menicucci
From April 2014 newsletter
A project is ongoing at the Valles Caldera to understand trout movements following wildfires.  Last year we extracted, tagged and relocated 72 trout on the East Fork and 85 on the Rio San Antonio.  This year we will be electroshocking both the extraction and relocation areas to determine whether the trout have remained in the relocation areas or migrated back to the extraction areas.  There are two parts to this effort, both requiring volunteers. Part 1, Electroshocking I am seeking a minimum of 10 volunteers on each of two days.  Among the volunteers ... Read More
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Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Stocked in Rio Grande

From the April 2014 Newsletter The New Mexico Game and Fish Department stocked almost 10,000 young Rio Grand cutthroat trout into the into the Rio Grande Gorge north of Taos river as part of a long-range plan to spur interest in the state fish and restore it in other streams and creeks. Like other native fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat has disappeared from much of its historic range in New Mexico and Colorado. The department began restocking the fish in the Rio Grande in 2008. Today, people can fish for cutthroat that have grown to adulthood in the gorge and ... Read More
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2014 Conservation Program

Ron Loehman, Conservation Chair
From March 2014 newsletter Each season New Mexico Trout members volunteer for work on conservation projects in support of the US Forest Service and other state and federal resource management agencies. Many of the projects are on streams in the Jemez Mountains and most are on weekends. The projects currently scheduled are listed below. More will be added as the different agencies firm up their plans for the 2014 season. April 12, Cleanup of the Rio Guadalupe corridor
May 31, Cattle fencing and riparian restoration on the middle Rio Cebolla
July 12, Riparian restoration on the middle Rio ... Read More
Valles Caldera Fishing Clinics - Adults and Youth

Valles Caldera Fishing Clinics – Adults and Youth

By Francis Peter, Youth Director
From March 2014 newsletter Volunteers from New Mexico Trout conduct fly fishing clinics for youths (ages 8-16) and adults, allowing up to 20 participants the opportunity to fish the rivers on the Preserve. Participants spend a half day learning about equipment, tackle, knots, stream insect sampling and identification. Participants will have time to practice their casting in the morning and then head for the stream in the afternoon. Bring a lunch to enjoy along the stream and be prepared for weather. This activity is extremely popular, so sign up early. The Clinic schedule for 2014 ... Read More
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Beaver Restoration Plan Could Help Climate Adaptation

Bryan Bird, Wild Places Program Director, WildEarth Guardians
Photos by Andrew Nguyen
From March 2014 newsletter Our climate hero, the American beaver, will be getting its own management plan in New Mexico after the state senate passed a memorial recognizing the busy rodent’s value to water supplies and ecosystems-especially in times of drought. The beaver memorial acknowledges that the dams, ponds and associated wetlands created by beaver are known to increase groundwater percolation, which raises local groundwater tables and increases water storage.  The memorial also recognizes the critical role that ecosystem restoration could play in protecting and recovering many imperiled species. WildEarth ... Read More