Historic Mass Wildlife and TU Meeting
In an exciting and informative program, MassWildlife hosted a joint MassWildlife/MA-RI Council Trout Unlimited Forum, the first of its kind in the spectacular 45,000-square-foot, zero-net-energy field headquarters of MassWildlife in Westborough. Mass.
MassWildlife Director Jack Buckley & Mark Burton, MA-RI Council, open the forum. The first panel, MassWildlife Resources for Coldwater Fisheries was moderated by Todd Richards, Assistant Director, and included panelist presentations on Historical Databases – Keeping track of trout and other species; Climate Change Brook Trout Vulnerability assessment, Land Acquisition with Coldwater Resources in Mind, Coldwater Fishery Resources/Drought.
The second panel, “Putting the Partnership to Work: Trout Unlimited/ MassWildlife Joint Projects” was moderator by Bill Pastuszek, President, Greater Boston Chapter Trout Unlimited. Panelist presentations included: Land Trusts – Co-operation and the Trout Unlimited Leadership Countil; Red Brook Land Protection to Science; Crowningshield Property Update; Squannacook Focus Area Projects. The panelists underscored the effective collaborations that made these projects a success. The collaborations included Trout Unlimited, Land Trusts, Watershed Groups, and government agencies.
The program is seen as a great step in continuing to developing further partnerships with MassWildlife and other stakeholder groups.
Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions of panelists and to interact with other attendees, which included members of Trout Unlimited in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and representatives of other like-minded organizations, such as land trusts, watershed associations, and other groups.