April 26, 2015
Stream Projects: Here is the current schedule for upcoming stream
projects over the next several weeks. All will be plantings. Lunch will be provided
only at the May 9 planting, so please be sure to let me, Chuck Godfrey,
know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be attending that one. This
will enable us to have a rough idea of how much food to have for lunch; but
feel free to come even if you haven’t contacted me in advance. Also please
let me know if you will be coming to any of the other plantings just so
we’ll have an idea of how many people will be there. Those should only take
the morning to complete. In addition to these, we will be planting trees on
Spring Brook in Springville, but the number of trees and exact sites have
yet to be determined. I will let everyone on my volunteer list know as soon
as I find out.
Thursday, April 30: Planting at the Teelak
property on Mansfield Creek (map).
We will only have 25 trees and will probably have sufficient help from DEC;
but if anyone is interested in helping and seeing how the project has
fared, let me know. Directions are attached, but time has not yet been set.
(See below Re Editor’s Note.)
Tuesday, May 5 (rain date of May 7): Planting on Cattaraugus Creek. Meet at 9:30. Map is
attached to this email. The address is 8 Sherman Drive. It is at the dead
end turn around at the end of the street. The street is reached by going
east through Arcade, then continuing on Rt. 39, east out of town after Rt 98 turns north and crosses the creek. Looks like
Sherman Drive is about 1/3 mile to ½ mile east of Rt. 98 north
intersection. Meet at 9:30. We should only need a couple of people.
Saturday, May 9: Extensive planting on Wiscoy Creek. We will definitely need help
for this one. Meet at the DEC parking area on the Catch and Release section
of the Wiscoy on Rt. 39, between Rt. 362 and Hillside Rd. on the attached
map. Ignore the designated “project location” label on the map. I’m reusing an old map. We
will meet at 9:30 and plant there and at another site or two. We will have
quite a few trees from the DEC nursery and also some 50 elms.
Editor’s Note: Chuck’s maps are included as attachments to this newsletter unless
you have requested no attachments or announcements. If you are in the
latter group and would like to receive Chuck’s maps, please so email me.
to see the North Branch Wiscoy Creek habitat project summary report.
On Sunday April 28, 2013, the WNYTU chapter will conduct a
planting of trees and live stakes in Wyoming County. Please meet at 9:30 a.m.
First we will be planting some bare root seedlings, black willow live
stakes, and elm trees on areas of the Catch and Release section of Wiscoy
Creek downstream of Hillside Rd. We will meet at the DEC parking site at
the upstream end of the section. This is just east of Rt. 372 on Rt. 39. We
will mostly need to park on the road shoulder, as this parking area is
rather small, so please be very careful. We will be planting these trees in
areas which would benefit from some large shade trees in the future. Then
we will proceed to the North Branch of Wiscoy Creek to our 2011 project
site on Rt. 372 to do the same type of plantings. All plantings will be
protected with tree tubes and stakes, and since there are 250 trees to
plant, we can use as much help as possible. I anticipate that we will
probably need to work both in the morning and the afternoon, but anyone is
welcome to come for as long or short a period of time as they can make it.
Hip boots would probably be a good idea, as we will probably need to cross
the creeks at both sites, but neither creek is very deep where we’ll be
working. We will supply lunch as usual on our projects. We’ll have several
different types of breads and cold cuts for sandwiches, condiments, chips,
and probably cookies. I people plan on attending, could you please let
Chuck Godfrey know – if you can’t let me know, its
okay – as we want to be sure to have enough food to feed everyone. We
generally plan on doing this rain or shine, but if there were truly awful
weather we might have to postpone. My cellphone number is 440-6995 if
anyone needs to check that morning or anytime the previous day. Contact me
if anyone needs directions to either site. My email is email@example.com
Hope to see you there.
are links to two articles about the project from the Arcade Herald and TROUT
from Scott Cornett:
Thank you to everyone who was able to help
with the LUNKER building project on the 18th and again today! Another
great turnout allowed us to finish before lunch and hopefully those that
did some fishing afterward caught some nice ones. Chuck will eventually add
up the final score, but a quick look at the numbers for both days combined,
showed volunteers put in approximately 116 hours between the
two days. All the structures are now finished and ready to be moved
to the stream site later next week. This project could not have gotten done
without your efforts!
This summer we
will be embarking on probably our perhaps our most ambitious project yet.
We will be working with the USFWS, Wyoming County SWCD, and Region 9 DEC
Fisheries to construct “lunkers” to be put into the North Branch of the
Wiscoy in order to enhance the habitat for adult trout. I’m really excited
about this .Ray Li and Marie Schrecengostof the FWS, Greg McKurthof SWCD,
and Scott Cornett have been busy designing the project since last year, to
be modeled after similar highly successful projects in the “Driftless
Region” of the Midwest. They also managed to put together a great grant
application which will pay for the project. We will need to have a lot of
volunteer help on this, as we wish to construct enough of the “lunkers” to
create overhead habitat in 18 places on the creek, and each of the
structures will need multiple “lunkers” constructed. I’d like to be able to
have a 15 or20 person crew to construct these in an assembly line manner,
as the more people we have, the quicker we can get them built. I have one
picture from Wisconsin which shows at least 22 people working constructing
them at once .I have several documents which anyone can view if they like
which show how the “lunkers” work, how they are constructed, the reasoning
behind the project, etc. If you email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d be glad to email them to you. They’re really interesting and well worth
We’ll be starting
the project this spring with a planting of many, many trees in spots along
the creek in sections that will not have machinery installing “lunkers”
later in the summer. Right now we’re tentatively planning to plant on
Saturday, May 7th, and if we don’t get finished that day we’ll either
schedule another day that week or more likely work again on Saturday, May
Remember; get in
touch with me if you wish to view any of the documents or pictures
pertaining to the project.
for your help,
To see project pics click
Read the 2010 Electrofishing
Report for Volunteers Summary here.
Read the 2010 Genesee
River Diary Program Summary here.
Read the Blue River 2010
Project Report here.
Read the Wiscoy Creek
Revetment Project 2005-2006 report here.
Some of these files are
large so it will take a minute to download.