As you were informed in earlier communications, two of our bigger projects for this summer were cancelled. The first phase of the reintroduction of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout in Sand Lakes and Sand Creek, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, was postponed because the abundant snowfall during the winter delayed normal spawning by at least a month. Too little snow last year, too much this year! The project is planned for next year in August, weather permitting. The collaborative project with Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado to remove old barb-wire fencing from the Lake Fork of the Conejos in August was cancelled because of lack of participant signup in advance. Let this be a lesson – projects which are labor intensive require participation by you, our members. We hope that this project can be undertaken again next summer.
The Jim Creek project went off as scheduled. Kevin Terry will give an update on this project, as well as progress on boat ramps, at the September meeting.
The Fall highway cleanup on September 8 was a rousing success. Thanks to Jan Crawford, Jan and Kay Watkins, Thad Elliott, Sue and Cole Foster, Fran and Glen Clark, Darrell Lewis, Ian Rich, Suzanne Devore and Mark Seaton, Diana and Marty Jones, and Stephanie, Kevin, Wylie and Finley Terry for spending the morning picking up trash. The award for finding the most unusual piece of trash goes to Jan Watkins – see the picture below for the item.
Speaking of Kevin, we’re pleased to announce that he is back working for National Trout Unlimited full time as the Rio Grande Basin Project Coordinator!