Our conservation pages are intended to
provide our members with information related to conservation topics of
particular interest to our members in
the upper midwest. If you are interested in contributing an
article for posting on this web page, please contact our conservation
chair, Brad Eaton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Zealand mud snails have been found in Wisconsin (submitted
The Wisconsin DNR
posted an article announcing that New Zealand mud snails were
identified in Black Earth Creek in Dane County. This is the first
discovery of New Zealand mud snails in a Midwest stream. They have
been identified as the Clone 2 population that has been previously
found only in the western states.
The WI DNR is asking
anglers and others to inspect and remove mud and debris from waders
or boots before leaving the access point, freeze boots or waders for
6-8 hours or completely dry gear for 5 days when possible, drain all
water before leaving the access and asking anglers, hunters and
trappers to consider rotating use between two pairs of waders or
boots when possible.
The full details of
the article can be found at:
Margaret LeBien announced as
Thomas Waters award recipient at 2014 Great Waters Expo
March 1st, 2014)
It is with great
pleasure that we share the following news:
LeBien was granted the Dr. Thomas F. Waters Stewardship award by the
Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo on February 22, 2014.
The award was
presented in “recognition of her role as a consummate educator
and ambassador for the sport of fly fishing; for her passionate
commitment to conservation, and to organizations that embody the best
of the Midwestern fly fishing experience; for her infectious
enthusiasm; for her unrelenting good nature; for standing out as a
shining light for those seeking answers to the eternal mysteries of
Margaret. We all benefit from your dedication to Conservation and
the sport of fly fishing.
Observations from the
Fly Fishing Fair (submitted
Boot Cleaning Stations
I was recently in
Montana for a little R&R and wader / boot cleaning stations like
the one shown above were available at many of the fly shops. This is
a wonderful idea, especially given the issues with whirling disease,
didymo, mud snails, zebra mussels and other invasive species.
Later in this same
trip, I was listening to a talk about invasive species and the
speaker made an interesting point. Whether we use felt or rubber
soled boots, we should inspect, clean and dry our gear when we are
moving between watersheds. A rubber boot with damp mud in the cleats
can also potentially transfer an invasive species. If our boots are
still damp, the sole material may not be the only consideration.
This might be a type
of additional protection we should consider for our local streams and
Bob Wiltshire of the
Invasive Species Action Network (ISAN) gave an interesting
presentation to the IFFF Conservation Committee at the Fly Fishing
Fair in West Yellowstone. The International Federation of Fly
Fishers is one in a long list of partners with ISAN trying to
reducing the spread of invasive species.
One of the current
areas of focus is the asian longhorn beetle. This is a very easily
identified beetle that is destroying the woods in certain regions. Like
the emerald ash borer in our region, this invasive beetle is
frequently spread to different areas by transporting firewood. - I
hope that the steps we are already taking to limit the transporting
of fire wood will prevent this beetle from establishing a foothold in
the Upper Midwest.
The reason to post
this note is related to efforts to increase awareness of this
invasive species. There is an active project where they are asking
fly tyers to make flies that look like asian longhorn beetles. These
flies are included in packets of information that are distributed to
schools and other groups that can increase the number of “scouts”
looking for possible infested areas.
If you are a fly
tyer and might be interested in helping this effort, please send me
an e-mail at email@example.com
and I will forward the information that I received.
Upper Midwest Council Conservation Chair
Small Grants (submitted
February 1st, updated February 20th,
Conservation Committee oversees a Conservation Small Grant (CSG)
Program. Each regional council can sponsor proposals for the CSG
grants to support the efforts of the local clubs and chapters or
members in the region. The maximum award to any region is $1500 per
funding cycle and the funding must be matched by local or regional
contributions or in-kind donations of time or materials. Proposals
need to be reviewed by the regional council and are due in the IFFF
offices by May 1 and November 1 each year.
Any IFFF member
interested in submitting a proposal needs to have the paperwork
submitted to the regional council at least 2-3 weeks in advance of
the cycle deadline so the proposal can receive the necessary review
and approvals for consideration by the IFFF. The grants need to be
administered by an appropriate 501(c)(3) corporation or a government
department. If the local club does not have 501(c)(3) status, the
regional council can disperse the funds to pay for the defined costs
associated with the project.
about the Conservation Small Grants program is available on the IFFF
web site at:
The Upper Midwest
Council has helped sponsor an active project attempting to identify
genetically unique strains of native brook trout in Northern
Wisconsin. We hope that the CSGs will help additional clubs and
chapters make a difference in the region.
Upper Midwest Council Conservation Chair