TU volunteer Doug Hutzell has been named as a finalist in this year’s Field and Stream Heroes of Conservation contest. Doug, a life member of TU’s Seneca Valley chapter, is a major force behind the restoration of Beaver Creek, Maryland’s largest limestoner. Congrats, Doug!
Less than an hour-and-a-half drive from TU’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, Beaver Creek boasts a fine wild brown trout population thanks to the work Doug and his neighbors have done to improve habitat there. A bunch of organizations have helped out along the way, but Doug’s been driving the effort. It helps that he designs stream restoration projects for a nearby engineering firm.
Field and Stream put together a great video on the restoration Beaver Creek this spring. Check it out: http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/conservationist/2013/06/hero-day-2013-improving-wild-trout-habitat-western-maryland
TU just received a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to design the final phase of Beaver’s restoration—a stretch crossing three private properties that are bookended by two already-restored sections of stream. Next year, we’ll be asking anglers and others for help building this last phase. Doug, no doubt, will be leading the charge.