Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Volunteer groups have helped with some recent stream habitat restoration and enhancement projects in north Georgia. Volunteers also help us with special projects such as annual Delayed Harvest Stream stockings. We wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the hard work and contributions by these individuals and groups.
Workers from North Georgia Trout Online, Trout Unlimited, Georgia Women Fly Fishers, the U.S. Forest Service and Georgia WRD worked together to construct four stream structures and cleaned and repaired several others. This habitat improvement work will enhance the ability of Waters Creek to support adult trout, by improving the ratio of pool to riffle habitat, and should be a benefit to anglers for years to come. Over the years, efforts such as this have significantly improved the stream habitat in Waters Creek.
Approximately 25 anglers responded to the WRD request for assistance to stock trout into the Delayed Harvest Section of the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, Georgia. The WRD provided 2,000 trout and the volunteers brought buckets and waders. Volunteers carried fish to the river to help stock a site that would not receive fish without their help. (Photo credits go to Birgit Bolton with the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper)
In response to the storm damage that occurred as result of a tornado spawned by the Hurricane Katrina storm system, volunteers descended upon Smith Creek at Unicoi State Park for a cleanup day. More than twenty members of Trout Unlimited and North Georgia Trout Online helped GA DNR staff clear debris from selected points on the creek and from the streamside hiking and biking trail. Some of the downed timber was also cut into large logs and anchored in the stream to enhance fish habitat or to protect eroding stream banks.
This photo shows volunteers in action in Smith Creek.
Volunteers from Georgia Trout Unlimited (TU) Chapters and North Georgia Trout Online (NGTO) completed work on five habitat enhancement structures on Waters Creek, a trophy trout stream on the Chestatee Wildlife Management Area in Lumpkin County. Two dozen NGTO and TU volunteers worked with US Forest Service and GA DNR fish and wildlife biologists to repair three old stream structures and build two new ones on Waters Creek. The increased water depth and overhead cover created by these structures will help the stream to hold more and bigger trout.
This photo shows three generations of trout anglers, all passing down some trout habitat and its fishing opportunity to hopefully the next generation of angler/conservationists. Within the group, expertise and love of the outdoors are being passed thru the three existing generations. Pictured: North Georgia Trout Online Volunteers (from the left) Russ Fraze, Josh Barnett, and Don Davis.