U.S. Forest Service Southern Region Honors Georgians for Work to Restore Brook Trout

 

Native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout. They may be small in size but are big on color, long on legacy and downright fun to catch. Living jewels in cold mountain streams, brookies, or ‘specs’ as they are called in the Georgia mountains, are a clear indication of how well our headwater streams are fairing.  Georgia Trout Unlimited as well the U.S. Forest Service – Chattahoochee National Forest and Georgia DNR - Fisheries, have been partnering for years to protect, enhance and restore Georgia’s native coldwater game fish in a partnership named Back-the-Brookie.

 

Recently, Back-the-Brookie was named the recipient of the U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Regional Forester Award for Partners/Community Engagement. Awardees from 13 southern states and Puerto Rico were honored in 15 categories. “This alliance of passionate and dedicated people is making a real difference here in Georgia in the preservation of this important native species,” said Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests Supervisor Betty Mathews. “Anglers are some of our country’s greatest conservationists, and we are proud to be seeing that in action here.”

 

Trout Unlimited members, agency personnel and summer interns have applied science based decisions to enhance habitat in numerous Georgia mountain streams and restore brook trout to 5 streams in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Evaluation of the work continues to support future fisheries management decisions. “We want to apply our time and resources in the most impactful way possible” said Georgia Trout Unlimited Conservation Chairman Alex Watson. On receiving the award, Kevin McGrath, Georgia Trout Unlimited Back-the-Brookie Chairman, related that the group is most proud of the legacy we are handing to the next generation.

 

Individuals named in the award are: Kevin McGrath and Alex Watson from Georgia Trout Unlimited; Jeff Durniak, Anthony Rabern, Leon Brotherton and Lee Keefer from Georgia DNR – Fisheries; and Mike Joyce, Jim Wentworth, Jerry Wood and Mitzi Cole from U.S. Forest Service – Chattahoochee National Forest.

Comments

 
said on Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Wow, great work! I've always thought that the Back-the-Brookie campaign was great. I'm glad to see that the USFS agrees.

Keep up the great work.

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said on Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Nicely done Georgia Council!

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said on Friday, April 24th, 2015

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said on Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The protection of important native species, fishing are some of the country's largest conservationists. Really?2015topwatches

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said on Monday, May 18th, 2015

Good job! When I read it and recon the the Back-the-Brookie canpaign was an excellent. And you cna say that I had to stay to read it plus comment because of its work.  I thought students must learn this as they are very clever while purchasing assignments help services online. 

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