The latest Home Rivers Initiative project is now underway on the Upper Connecticut River in New Hampshire. The project's goal is to work throughout the watershed area to protect and restore the river and its tributaries in New Hampshire and Vermont. Habitat protection and restoration will benefit native fish including brook trout, as well as wild trout species.
Joe Norton has been hired to act as the project coordinator. Norton joins TU from the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation where he served as executive director. He will work with a number of community partners and volunteers in hands-on conservation activities and create a coalition to achieve the project’s goals.
Although the Upper Connecticut initiative will be spearheaded by TU, a variety of other partners will play an active role in the project, including TU’s New Hampshire and Vermont state volunteer councils, state and federal agencies, local industries, landowners, land trusts, and other organizations.
Home Rivers Initiatives are collaborative, community-focused multi-year efforts that combine research, outreach, protection, restoration, and youth education projects. TU selects watersheds where it can both make a significant difference in the condition of a particular river or fishery and also demonstrate transferable protection and restoration strategies and techniques.