Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Ernie Ludwig
Ernie Ludwig | Vice President |
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Please read the following information regarding our new location for meetings in Naugatuck;
The Naugatuck/Pomperaug TU Chapter 281 will no longer be meeting at ION Bank after Aug, 15 2015. Starting in September we scheduled to have our meetings at ION's Community Center Building at 270 CHURCH Street, Naugatuck, CT. The ION Bank Community center building located next to the YMCA which is just up the street from where we originally held our last meeting in June. The building is to the left side when facing the YMCA. There is plenty of parking on the opposite side in the parking lot.
Hope to see you all there on Wednesday, December 2nd.
Ernest J Ludwig VP Naugatuck/Pomperaug Chapter TU
All who love the great out-of-doors delight in participating in their special alfresco theaters. At this time of my life my outdoor loves include: fishing, hiking, paddling, boating, clamming and observing wildlife. My fishing theaters include fresh water lakes and rivers and saltwater/marine rivers, estuaries and ponds. The litany continues for the other sports I mentioned. I am grateful to have scores of opportunities within 1.5 hour drive of our house. We who live in the greater Waterbury area have the scores of open air theaters to enjoy a short travel away.
I have given thanks each time after: observing interesting wildlife, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, pounding surf and paddling or boating across a picturesque lake. The list of the wonders of what our outdoor activities offer is lengthy.
The state of our economy could be much better, but the cost of enjoying many outdoor activities has not risen much. Fortunately gasoline prices have decreased affording people to be able to travel more and further to outdoor venues and participate more using gasoline powered sports equipment. Hunting and fishing licenses remain reasonable. Observing wildlife, paddling a canoe or kayak, sailing a boat, hiking a trail, walking a beach and biking are a few activities that have minimal costs.
Millions of people celebrated Thanksgiving in a variety of ways. Most of us may eat and drink more than we should have. Many will participate in a prayer of thanks that lasts less than one minute. An extremely small number of people will take at least several minutes to reflect and think about all the things for which they are thankful. Christmas & Hanukkah suggestion— take some time to express your gratefulness. If outdoor aficionados took the time to look back, most would conclude there's a lot for which to be thankful -- big time!
Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs that began about 75 years ago are a success stories. Having more species of fish and wildlife in our state can be attributed mostly to fish and wildlife restoration programs. Early in the history of the United States, anglers and hunters initiated small to large-scale conservation programs. Most of the programs have continued in one form of another to the present. Hunters and anglers have contributed more than 28 billion dollars and billions of hours of volunteer time to protect and enhance our woods and waters. They know that well managed fish and wildlife programs are essential to the sports which they love. Their involvement financially, politically and physically in these programs have made a significant contribution to the quantity and quality of outdoor theaters.
Campers, canoeists, bird watchers, hikers, wildlife photographers, kayakers, mountain bikers, rappelers, spelunkers, hunters, anglers, shooters, picnickers and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors and wildlife benefit from wildlife restoration programs. There is one program that has had a significant impact in Connecticut and most other states. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (TFAWRA) on September 2, 1937, it was the beginning of 78 years of successful wildlife restoration. Many species of wildlife that had critically low populations prior to the start of (TFAWRA) have been restored to healthy numbers as a result of hunters' and shooters' contributions.
In Connecticut, most people are aware of the restoration success of the whitetail deer and wild turkey. It is interesting to note -- at the turn of the century, less than 100 white-tail deer lived in Connecticut, and more than 175 years ago, wild turkeys did not exist in the state. Today, the deer population is about 62,000 and there are more than 16,000 wild turkeys in our state. These are two examples of excellent wildlife restoration, management and harvest programs. Regulated hunting is the most effective and cost-efficient method for managing large deer populations that cause property damage and personal injury (motor vehicle accidents) to the public according to the D.E.E.P. Wildlife Division. In recent years, black bears, moose and coyotes have taken up residence in Connecticut. Each species moved to northern areas of the state from Massachusetts and/or New York.
The fisher restoration program is another Connecticut success story. In the 1870's there were none known to be living in Connecticut due to the loss of their habitat. In 1988, the DEEP Wildlife Division initiated a program to reintroduce this native animal to northwestern Connecticut. Radio telemetry allowed biologists to document the high survival and successful reproduction rate of the 32 fishers. The restoration project allowed the reestablishment of the fisher to its historic range in northwestern Connecticut
If one reflects on the availability of a variety of outdoor theaters, particularly those close to home, one should be grateful and give THANKS. conserving
Governor's Budget - Hatchery Funding
Below are the details about closing the hatcheries from CRSA
To Salmon-in-Schools Teachers and Schools:
As indicated in my earlier email, salmon eggs for this school year are happily growing at the Burlington Hatchery and we will start distribution the week after Thanksgiving. Salmon-in-Schools is alive and well this school year. But we need everyone’s help for the school year 2016-1017 and beyond.
The budget proposed to the CT State Legislature by Governor Malloy defunds all three state fish hatcheries and lays off their employees, all starting in January 2016 at an estmated saving of $1.1 million.
A counter proposal has been made to the Governor by the state legislature and critical negotiations will continue Thanksgiving week and perhaps beyond.
We are certain that messages, letters and emails are tallied by the legislature as a way of gauging public support for legislative issues. Each voice really does matter.
We need everyone to contact their representative and senator voicing their support. Letters and emails from teachers, students and parents as well as anglers and interested environmentalists are valuable and important.
Below is an email from Attorney Greg Sharp who is the chairman of the CT Fishery Advisory Council. He offers instructions on how to send a message to the governor and also how to locate your state representative via the Internet.
You need at least to say that you support the funding of all THREE HATCHERIES.
Act now – this week may be critical!
Thanks for your help.
Richard G. Bell
Education Committee Chair
The Connecticut River Salmon Association
Save Connecticut’s Hatcheries
To close a $200 million budget gap, the Administration has proposed to eliminate all three of the State’s hatcheries (Quinebaug, Burlington and Kensington) and to lay off 17 hatchery staff. These cuts are proposed to take effect on January 1, 2016 to save $1.1 M.
If implemented, this proposal would virtually destroy recreational angling for trout and salmon in the State as it currently exists, and it would eliminate the highly successful educational programs carried out by Trout Unlimited (Trout in the Classroom) and the Connecticut River Salmon Association (Salmon-In-Schools). It would also deprive the State of a conservatively estimated $20 M in annual expenditures from the nearly 1 M angler trips per year directed at trout fishing.
Fortunately, the General Assembly, which rejected the Administration’s proposed closure of the Kensington Hatchery last year, has the last word. The legislature’s Democrats have released a list of budget cuts and revenue enhancements that would close the $200M budget gap and, at the same time, save the hatcheries. The House and Senate Republicans have recently released a series of broad proposals to address the State’s fiscal problems that leaves the hatchery funding in place.
Please contact your legislators and the Governor’s Office and let them know that you want the hatcheries and hatchery staff to remain fully funded.
The first link below will take you to the “Find Your Legislator” page on the General Assembly Website and the second link will take you to the Governor’s Office “Share Your Opinion” site.
Gregory A. Sharp
Free Membership for Women
Expanding TU's Membership Base.
And speaking of new members, do you know any women who enjoy our sport, conservation or both? Well, TU is interested in attracting more women to the organization and for a limited time is offering women free memberships.
Please feel free to share this information with any women anglers or conservationists you might now. Let's all work to expand our influence.