Welcome to the Drift | A message from our Chapter President
Every month we’ll be posting current information as it relates to our chapter from a local, regional, and national perspective. If there are items that you would like discussed or particular questions relating to our chapter, please contact me.
Holiday Conservation Banquet:
By all accounts the conservation banquet was a rousing success. The event was sold out with 120 guests. The food and atmosphere were great, as was the guest speaker, Dean Hansen, who talked about insect life in a stream. Dean teaches the Bugs in the Classroom course which has been a key component of Trout-in-the-Classroom. Dean received the Silver Trout award for his efforts and commitment. Thanks to the banquet committee (Deb Alwin, Mike Alwin, Scott Wagner, Allison Jacobs, Greg Dietl and Bob Diesch) for organizing this important fundraiser. A big thanks to all of the Kiap folks that worked at the banquet and our generous membership and local businesses that donated bucket raffle and silent auction items.
Baldwin Fish Biologist:
Just after Thanksgiving Heath Benike, WDNR Fisheries Supervisor, shared the news that Kasey Seibert has been hired to fill Marty Engel’s fish biologist position. Kasey has a BS degree from SE Missouri State University and a graduate degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her work history includes research on large river fish populations in the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. She’s also worked in fisheries management for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a lead fisheries technician working with westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, kokanee and warm-water fish populations in the panhandle region’s lakes and rivers. Kasey starts January 9th.
Pierce County Land and Conservation Department (LCD):
Rod Web, Director of the LCD, hosted a joint planning meeting with the WDNR and Kiap-TU-Wish. Based on the information shared at the meeting, upcoming project work is likely the Trimbelle/Gutting project in 2018, and Plum Creek-Brunner Creek/Von Hutom in 2019-2020. At this moment we’re waiting for the final Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) cost sharing information and approval before starting the Trimbelle/ Gutting project.
Natural Resources Foundation (NRF) Field Trip:
Based on Dan Wilcox’s article in the River Falls Journal about the University of River Falls class tours of the stream restoration work on the Trimbelle, NRF representative Lauren Koshere contacted Kiap-TU-Wish about hosting a field trip this summer. Chapter board member Perry Palin had positive past experiences with NRF tours and volunteered to work with Michelle Milford, NRF Outreach Coordinator, to set up a stream restoration tour this summer in Pierce County. The tour will be featured in NRF’s 2018 catalog. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase coldwater stream restoration to a broader audience interested in local conservation work.