State Parks and NCTU Partnerships
SOUTH MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Rocky River Trout Unlimited Chapter leads the conservation projects planning for the surrounding chapters.
Trout Enhancement and Restoration (TER)
We have established four (4) objectives to complete within a 3-5 year time frame. Actual restoration of a stream to native trout depends on a confidence level that the appropriate strain of brook trout exists, can be transplanted without harm to the source stream and that there is an appropriate habitat available within the park that can successfully sustain a native trout population.
TER Initiative Objectives:
Identify, prioritize and complete coldwater conservation projects within South Mountain State Park that are defined while executing the Trout Enhancement and Restoration (TER) initiative.
Develop a comprehensive profile of wild and native trout populations within South Mountain State Park.
Provide a general education to anglers and the general public in regards to wild and native trout populations within the South Mountains.
Restore one or more selected headwater tributaries within South Mountain State Park to native trout if deemed appropriate by state-of-the-art scientific methods.
Note: Appropriate habitat criteria include locating a natural barrier that can effectively protect a population of re-established native trout.
Hand held GPS units and water quality testing instruments are available for you to check out at the SMSP Ranger Station. There are forms that you are to fill out with your catch, and where it was caught (GPS coordinates). Also, the form has a place that you can note natural fish barriers, should you locate them.
STONE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Stone Mountain Trout Unlimited Chapter leads the conservation projects planning for the surrounding chapters.
5-Year Project Plan
Stone Mountain State Park staff are conducting a survey of angler usage of the wild streams in the park. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey if approached and asked while trout fishing. The survey will help park staff as well as NC Wildlife Resources Commission coldwater biologists in better managing these pristine streams.
NC Wildlife Resource Commission biologist for District 7 Kevin Hining at firstname.lastname@example.org is scheduling and conducting electro-shocking surveys on streams in conjunction with the usage surveys. As he announces dates and streams, please respond and volunteer to assist. This is a wonderful way to witness the true population that inhabits the stream as fish are gently captured, counted, measured, in some case weighed, and carefully revived and returned. Also, you should have time prior or after the work to fish for trout in another stream in the park.
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