Together, we make fishing better
Protecting, reconnecting, restoring and sustaining our coldwater resources.
We believe in bringing all parties to the table to find proactive solutions that meet the challenges facing coldwater fisheries. We work to protect important habitat, reconnect degraded waterways and restore trout populations.
The best conservation work comes from true partnerships between landowners, agencies, non-profits, municipalities and other stakeholders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.