Conservation is our Passion

Together, we make fishing better

Building Partnerships

State’s top biologists gather at MassWildlife headquarters

MassWildlife’s new field headquarters building was built for days like last Saturday. In one room, there was a class on rod building. In another, fly tying was being taught. And in the big meeting room, about 100 people had come to hear biologists and Trout Unlimited authorities who are working to save our native brook trout and fast-disappearing cold waters that support them.

Understanding Our Watersheds

Protecting our Watersheds with a Better Understanding of Their Status 

The chapter continually monitors our streams vitality through water sampling, stream flow, and stream temperature data in order to gain a better understanding of their conservation needs.

 

Nissitissit River

Removal of the “Millie Turner Dam”

Dam removal helps fish and wildlife survive climate change by expanding the amount, quality, and diversity of habitat available. Removal of the Millie Turner Dam opened over 40 miles of main stem and tributary habitat. Fish and other aquatic species are now able to access cold-water refuge during the warm summer months, access critical spawning, rearing, and feeding areas, and seek quieter streams during main stem floods.

Sucker Brook

Restoring the connectivity of the Nissitissit Tributaries

Sucker Brook is a Coldwater Fishery Resource that joins the Nissitissit River. Wild brook trout and eastern pearlshell, and brook floater mussels have been documented in the brook. Within Keyes Parker Conservation Area two barriers impact connectivity along Sucker Brook – an approximately 7-foot-tall stone masonry dam and a culvert that conveys the entrance road from Oak Hill Street into the site. The Conservation Area is owned and managed by the Town of Pepperell as a recreational resource.

Gulf Brook

New Gulf Brook culverts give trout passage to survival

Project replaced old pipe culverts that existed in two locations — one under a bridge and the other under a roadway — with three-sided culverts. Unlike the old pipes, which only had puddles of water over their rounded bottoms and made it difficult — and sometimes impossible — for fish to swim through, the new culverts have flat bottoms filled with gravel that are seamlessly connected to the brook bed.