The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited has long been in partnership with the fisheries department in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All of the most ambitious accomplishments regarding brook trout restorations have been completed because of this cooperation.
The 2014 work schedule has been posted and you can volunteer for a day to help Smoky Mountain trout. It’s fun and informative. You’d be surprised how much you can learn in a few hours working with biologists on the stream.
Some of these events are more strenuous than others. Several events take place over several days, but you would only volunteer for a single day at a time. Anyone who is interested in contributing should contact Matt Kulp at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, (865-426-1254) Matt_Kulp@nps.gov
May 3 Little River Clean Up Day – Meet at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area at 9:00 AM
May 6 Brook trout collection and transplant into Lynn Camp Prong, Park Headquarters 8:30 AM
May 28-29 Brook trout collection and transplant into Lynn Camp Prong, Park Headquarters 8:30 AM
June 17 River Course kids trout camp in NC, Volunteers needed to assist with class and electroshocking
June 19 Little River Kids Trout Camp at Tremont, Volunteers needed to assist with class and electroshocking
June 23-26 Lynn Camp Prong brook trout population monitoring, End of Tremont Road 8:30 AM
July 14-17 Goshen Prong Brook Trout Genetics Collections, Requires overnight backpacking with biologists and is very strenuous
July 21 Large Stream Sample, Little River just upstream of Wye (primarily smallmouth bass and non-game fish)
July 28 Large Stream Sample, Lower Abrams Creek near Happy Valley, primarily smallmouth bass
July 30 Large Stream Sample, Middle Prong Little Pigeon River at Greenbrier
August 19 Large Stream Sample, Middle Prong Little River upstream of Tremont
Sept 3-4 Bunches and Flat Creeks brook trout population monitoring, requires one night of camping